On March 10, Republican and Democratic senators and representatives introduced in both chambers the “Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act,” a bill that seeks to identify and punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime in China.
Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chris Coons (D-Conn.) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the same proposal that was unsuccessful in December 2020 to combat the perverse practice of forced organ harvesting from living people in mainland China.
With the “Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act” (S.602/HR1592), the U.S. government would be required to:
- Deny or revoke passports to illegal organ purchasers.
- Report annually on forced organ removal in foreign countries. This State Department report would identify foreign officials and entities responsible for the forced removal of organs.
- Prepare an annual report on U.S. institutions that train organ transplant surgeons affiliated with foreign entities involved in forced organ harvesting.
- Prohibit the export of organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for forced organ harvesting.
- Sanction foreign officials and entities involved in or supporting forced organ removal.
According to Bitter Winter, the bill was based on research and input from the China Tribunal, a British nonprofit founded in 2018 that conducted extensive research into allegations that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) killed prisoners of conscience to harvest their organs and sell them for transplants.
“The Tribunal’s members are certain—unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt—that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims,” the verdict of the China Tribunal states.
According to the Minghui.org website, Falun Dafa practitioners in China—approximately 100 million people—have been the primary victims of the crime of organ harvesting. In 1999 former CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the entire state apparatus to “defame their reputation, financially ruin them and physically destroy them.”
Beginning in 2000, despite having no organ donation system, the number of organ transplants inexplicably skyrocketed in mainland China.
According to estimates by the authors of the “Bloody Harvest” report, in its ‘boom,’ China came to perform around 100,000 transplants of vital organs such as corneas, livers, hearts, lungs, kidneys, etc.
The demand for transplants became such that hospitals and facilities were purpose-built with up to 1000 transplant beds.
When reports of Falun Dafa practitioners escaping from China began to surface, the CCP claimed that the organs came from prisoners sentenced to death. Still, with only 1,000 executions per year, the lie was quickly debunked.
Uighur activists have also denounced the CCP’s organ harvesting in concentration camps in Xinjiang province as part of its ethnic cleansing.
During his tenure, Donald Trump used his executive power to sanction companies and individuals connected to human rights violations in China, even going so far as to ban the entry of any products made from Xinjiang cotton due to forced labor.
With Biden in the White House and an administration full of CCP–connected officials, it is difficult to say whether the proposal will become law or whether the U.S. will fulfill its role as ‘international policeman.’