Monday 15 July 2019

World governments 'ignore organ horror'

 

In 2015, Beijing pledged to stop using executed inmates as a source of organs. (Stock photo)
In 2015, Beijing pledged to stop using executed inmates as a source of organs. (Stock photo)

Gabriella Swerling

Governments have ignored organ harvesting in China to avoid acknowledging "an inconvenient truth", an independent tribunal in Britain has suggested.

For more than a decade, the People's Republic of China has been accused of "acts of cruelty and wickedness" that match those of "medieval torturers and executioners".

Victims have allegedly had their bodies cut open - some while still alive - for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be turned into commodities for sale.

An independent tribunal concluded China is a "criminal state" which, "beyond reasonable doubt" has committed crimes against humanity and that enemies of the state continue to be killed for their organs.

In its judgment in London, the tribunal said that governments around the world "have expressed doubt as to the accusations, thereby justifying their doing nothing to save those killed to order".

Dr Enver Tohti (57) testified he was working as a surgeon in Urumqi in north-west China in 1995 when he was driven to execution grounds, where he was ordered to "cut deep and work fast" on a victim he claimed had not been anaesthetised and who had been shot in the chest.

"He started struggling and I knew then that he was still alive," he said. He was ordered to remove the liver and both kidneys, and "remember that today nothing happened".

In 2015, Beijing pledged to stop using executed inmates as a source of organs. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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