This trope has to be the most enduring because there is an element of truth to the claim, but it then got so distended like a stomach at a buffet that all sorts of shit got mixed up in it, mainly Western propaganda, but still.
Now I’m not saying that China does not harvest executed prisoners organs, they do. They have admitted to this as such and have agreed to stop this practice, but the long running propaganda involves Falun Gong prisoners in a systemic organ harvesting practice.
So, what is the genesis of the Falun Gong, organ harvesting scandal? It started way back in 2006 (actually from the 1990s), during the cowboy days of Bush Jnr in a press conference with then Chinese President, Hu Jintao.
Bush had one objective, to humiliate Hu and he achieved that with a “serendipitous” breakdown of a so called Taiwanese journalist, who really was a member of Falun Gong. During the conference she starts her rancorous harangue on China’s alleged human rights abuse and organ harvesting proclivities in front of the international press, a tirade that lasted 3 minutes with NO SECURITY accosting her out of the public affair!
Then to add insult to injury, when it came time to play the Chinese national anthem, they “accidentally” played the Taiwanese one. Yes, there’s no ball too low to throw with the US.
Why did the US do this? Because China had by then, grown too strong and held enough treasuries to trip up the US if it was to wilfully offload a tranche.
Falun Gong now…..
Falun Gong has its own media by the name of Epoch Times and according to FB’s advertising archive, it’s the biggest supporter of Trump. As in outside of his actual campaign, no organisation has spent more than Epoch Times with $1.5m on 11,000 pro Trump ads.
ICCT (Internet Censorship Circumvention Technology) software is developed by 2 American companies. The software is designed to bypass China’s firewall. Guess who are the founders? Falun Gong members! Coincidence! Propaganda must be spread domestically and internationally.
If you want more info, Google-Bill Xia, BBG, DIT, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and HRIC(Human Rights in China).
The irony is, the recent Twitter ban, said that “936 accounts originating from within China have been suspended for a number of violations of the company’s “platform manipulation policies,” including spam, coordinated activity, fake accounts and ban evasion.”
So what, you say. This only shows that the US has a grudge on China and meh, maybe it occasionally throws a little spittle in the shake, but what about the MOUNTAIN of evidence against China’s Falun Gong organ harvesting trade???
Before reading the report, let’s just look at one chief claim made by Falun Gong back in 2006, that being tourism based on organ transplants with the most active participating nation being Thailand.
Harry Wu, one of the human rights investigators into the Falun Gong claim, noted that in Thailand the law does not even permit organ transplants unless they are between immediate family members.
Now for the report everyone must know about, the investigation which immediately took place after claims were made, not years later, giving the Chinese government ample time to close down the alleged facilities engaging in this practice.
Refugee Review Tribunal AUSTRALIA RRT RESEARCH RESPONSE
Research Response Number: CHN31249 Country: China, Date: 17 January 2007.
This report was filed by Matas, David & Kilgour, David 2006, on the allegations of organ harvesting of Galun Gong practitioners In China.
The allegations hurled at the CCP:
“the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas, were virtually simultaneously seized involuntarily for saleat high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donationsof such organs in their home countries. (p.41)”
The evidence? Eye witness claims of having first hand knowledge. Telephone transcripts were also provided.
“The report followed an earlier Falun Gong report which claimed, in March 2006, that the Chinese government had a “concentration camp” of 6,000 Falun Gong prisoners in Sujiatun in Shenyang city of Liaoning province where the prisoners were being killed for their organs.”
“This report was followed up by others which gave further details and even photographs of this secret facility, which was identified as being also called the National Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Thrombus Treatment Center (for example ‘Witness Continues to Reveal the Horrors of Organ Removal from Live Falun Gong Practitioners Inside the Sujiatun Concentration Camp’ 2006, Falun Dafa – Minghui.org website, 20 March”
So, that’s the accusation with the evidence being eye witnesses. Now remember, if this is a thriving practice, there must be evidence of this found during an audit or else why even have a judicial process if accusations alone are enough to incriminate?
China reviewing the scene of crime alone would be tantamount to lying, because you can’t ask the fox to guard the chicken coop without having a few drumsticks ending up on the dinner table, so let’s invite the arch nemesis!
The primary decision maker correctly cited statements by both human rights campaigner Harry Wu (of the Laogai Research Foundation and the China Information Centre) and the US Department of State (both of whom are very knowledgeable about the human rights situation in China) which said that visits had been made to some of the sites mentioned in Shenyang City in the March report by the Falun Gong and no evidence was found to support the allegations that Falun Gong prisoners were kept there or that organ harvesting was occurring.”
A more updated report in September 2006, the US Department of State International Religious Freedom Report 2006 stated:
“In April 2006 overseas Falun Gong groups claimed that a hospital in Sujiatun, Shenyang, had been the site of a “concentration camp” and of mass organ harvesting, including from live prisoners. In response to the allegations, the Government opened the facility in question to diplomatic observers and foreign journalists. Observers found nothing inconsistent with the operation of a hospital.”
On 18 July 2006, Harry Wu challenged the March report about the Sujiatun Concentration Camp. He stated:
“After a careful study of the reports on Da Ji Yuan [Epoch times], I found the two witnesses are not reliable and most probably they had fabricated the story. I tried in vain to contact Zhang Erping, the spokesman of Falun Gong. I made called to his cell phone and asked him to call back and have a talk about the issue of Sujiatun, but he never replied to my call. Meanwhile, I asked the CIC reporters in China to make an investigation on the Sujiatun allegation.
Since March 12, the investigators searched around the whole District of Sujiatun. On March 17, they even managed to visit the two military camps located in Sujiatun. On March 27, they secretly visited the Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine in Sujiatun. On March 29, they visited the Kangjiashan Prisonat the neighborhood of Sujiatun.
However, with all these first-hand investigations, they had not found anything that could be an evidence of the Falun Gong allegation of Sujiatun Concentration Camp. During and after their investigation, they sent back photos and written reports to me about their findings respectively on March 15, March 17, March 27, March 29, March 30 and April 4.”
Now let’s examine the actual China Tribunal named in the Forbes article. The China Tribunal is an offshoot of the ICC.
What is the ICC? The International Criminal Court is a UN creation during the Conferences of Rome in 1998.
The Rome Statute declares this court’s decision to be binding even on non member states, naturally this did not receive ratification from the US, China or Russia because it violates the sovereignty of each country.
So what is the impact of this ‘China Tribunal’s’ verdict? Nothing.
I know! I know! Evidence is NOT ENOUGH, even evidence cited by the OPPOSITION declaring China’s innocence is NOT ENOUGH.
Ok fine! China is organ harvesting!