The European Parliament (EP) passed an emergency resolution on May 5 on China’s continuous malpractice of forced organ harvesting from religious prisoners. The EP expressed serious concern about the ongoing and systematic harassment of Falun Gong practitioners and other ethnic groups in China.
The parliament calls on the Chinese regime to stop organ harvesting from detained Falun Gong practitioners and other ethnic groups in China like Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, and Christians.
The resolution also demands the allowance for international experts to conduct independent monitoring of China’s human rights status.
In an interview with Chinese media Xin Tang Ren, Peter van Dalen, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, said that this resolution is also a start for the European Ministry of External Affairs. He suggested that they discuss this problem every time they meet the Chinese government. Dalen added that Europe could no longer turn a blind eye to China’s crackdown on human rights.
Hilde VAUTMANS, a Belgian member of the EP, said she wanted people to know about this persecution. If people plan to visit China for organ transplantation, they should know that those organs might come from someone in jail or Falun Gong practitioners.
Maria Arena, a Belgian member of the EP, was the resolution’s sponsor. She asked the EU and its member states to condemn forced organ harvesting practices and take measures to stop organ transplant tourism. She wanted to ensure that European research institutions and organ transplant agencies won’t cooperate with Chinese organizations suspected of practicing forced organ transplants.
The EP passed a relevant resolution in 2013 on the issue of organ harvesting by the Chinese government. They also adopted the same written statement in 2016.
The emergency resolution was initiated by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the political group in the European Parliament of the Party of European Socialists.
The EP had passed a relevant resolution on the issue of organ harvesting by the Chinese government in 2013 and 2016.