Wednesday, 16 January 2013

EU Parliament calls for action on Chinese doctors and organ removal

Spanish politician RaĆ¼l Romeva i Rueda, a Member of the European Parliament asked the following question in the EU Parliament:
"Despite the efforts made and the petitions to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, organs are still being removed from detainees in China, the majority from Falun Gong followers, political dissidents, Uighur and Tibetan minorities. Official reports published by the Chinese authorities documented 18 500 cases of organ transplants between 1994 and 1999. According to estimates by Amnesty International, some 2 000 prisoners have been executed in China per year. Although 2 000 prisoners are executed, not all of them are suitable as donors (due to infections and other diseases, such as hepatitis, etc.). The number of real organ donors is therefore even smaller, and the supply of organs even more unrealistic. Prisons and labour camps in China, in collaboration with hospitals affiliated to the Chinese police and army, select organ donors from amongst hundreds of thousands of detainees for their clients (many from abroad), in practice killing those whose organs have been identified as compatible. There have been various cases of patients going to China with prior notice, as in the case of a doctor who had a patient needing a heart and who was notified two weeks before the operation. The Chinese Deputy Minster for Health, Huang Jiefu, said this year that prisoners were not a good source of organs because they have infectious diseases, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has admitted indirectly that there is a black market in China and a wide live organ removal network. However in reality it is believed that attempts are being made to hide the true scale of these crimes and that the Chinese government is attempting a whitewash.
These practices violate the right to life enshrined in Article 2 of the Charter, human dignity (Article 1 of the Charter), and the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 4 of the Charter). Does the Commission intend to investigate these cases? Does it intend to close a dialogue with China?
The EU has spoken out in the past against human rights violations outside of the EU. In the case of China, why is the EU reluctant to act transparently and clearly by means of investigations?
Many European hospitals and universities teach Chinese doctors, who can then return to China to apply their knowledge of European medicine in the unethical removal of organs. What is the Commission’s opinion? Does it believe that these doctors and teachers are unwittingly accomplices to these crimes?
Source: European Parliament

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