Elected representatives from both sides of the aisle are deeply concerned about a foreign dictatorship that allegedly profits from murdering civilians for their body parts.
A bipartisan and bicameral partnership wants to track down and penalize Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members suspected of participating in “unethical and criminal” harvesting of organs from live Falun Dafa adherents, Uighur native people, and other vulnerable groups.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have joined Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) in introducing both House Resolution 1592 and Senate Simple Resolution 602 to “combat forced organ harvesting and trafficking in persons for purposes of the removal of organs.”
The Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act:
- authorizes the U.S. government to deny or revoke passports for illegal organ purchasers
- mandates annual State Department reporting on forced organ harvesting in foreign countries to help identify foreign officials and entities responsible for forced organ harvesting
- mandates an annual report on U.S. institutions that train organ transplant surgeons affiliated with foreign entities involved in forced organ harvesting
- prohibits exporting organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for forced organ harvesting
- sanctions foreign officials and entities that engage in or otherwise support forced organ harvesting.
“This bill will identify and punish CCP members involved in forced organ harvesting [and] it is past time to hold Beijing accountable for these heinous acts,” Cotton said in a joint statement. “There is growing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has and continues to harvest organs from persecuted religious groups, prisoners of conscience, and inmates.”
Smith believes the CCP should never have carried out its “gruesome” arbitrary arresting, jailing, torturing, killing, and organ harvesting of untold numbers of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) adherents since 1999.
“Organ harvesting is an egregiously barbaric and inhumane act that has no place in our world,” he said in the statement. “We must do more to put an end to the horrific abuse by international human trafficking gangs, terrorist organizations, and even some governments—China’s communist regime in particular—who kill innocent people and sell their organs for profit.”
The Republican congressman hopes the new bills will inspire international political leaders to stand together and use all legislative avenues to fight the CCP’s abuse. This includes naming and shaming perpetrators who “prey on political prisoners, minorities, and other vulnerable populations.”
“A global response to stop this gross human rights abuse is desperately needed,” Smith said. “Our legislation would empower the U.S. State Department to identify and expose organ harvesters and traffickers across the world and punish perpetrators through effective sanctions and travel restrictions.”
Coons felt sickened after discovering credible allegations that the CCP has state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of so-called prisoners of conscience. Falun Dafa adherents’ only crime is practicing standing and sitting meditation exercises and behaving honestly, compassionately, and patiently in daily life.
“Forced organ harvesting is inhumane, immoral, and cruel, and the United States must do everything we can to fight this despicable practice,” he said in the statement. “As co-chair of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, I am proud to support this bipartisan, bicameral bill to hold those involved in harvesting and the international trafficking of organs to account.”
Fellow Democratic Rep. Suozzi also believes the CCP must be made to answer for its alleged crimes and cannot be permitted to ignore its obligations to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the Asian nation ratified in 1988.
“Members of the Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for the unspeakable practice of organ harvesting,” he said. “They have taken advantage of and abused political prisoners, minority groups, and religious groups for too long … [and] to not speak out on this egregious practice is to be complicit.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) welcomed the new bill as the “most comprehensive ever introduced on the issue of trafficking in organs and trafficking in humans for the purpose of organ removal.”
“It not only addresses global organ trafficking more broadly, it contributes to stopping the forced organ harvesting trade in China that claims the lives of innocent people every day,” ETAC Executive Director Susie Hughes said in a statement. “We hope that more governments will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the United States, to ensure their own citizens are not caught up in the mass murder of innocents for their organs in China.”
In 2019 the independent international people’s China Tribunal ruled the CCP deliberately falsified Chinese public organ donation data to help cover up the murder of “innocent people, primarily peaceful Falun Gong practitioners,” and sustain the country’s lucrative human organ trade.
The tribunal was chaired by Queen’s Counsel Sir Geoffrey Nice, who successfully prosecuted former President Slobodan Milošević for crimes against humanity at the 1999 International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.