China Harvesting Organs from Thousands of Political Prisoners While They Are Alive

February 6, 2016   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
February 6, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) The Chinese government is facing public outcry amid fresh allegations that authorities have routinely had the organs of political prisoners illegally, forcibly removed.

According to Newsweek, well-respected investigators from all over the world agree that thousands of people have had their organs forcefully extracted, without anesthetic, while held in Chinese prisons. Many of the victims belong to a banned religious group called Falun Gong, a forbidden, though peaceful Chinese religion created in 1992. Members continue to face constant discrimination in the country.

Religious persecution is a serious threat for many people in China — in spite of the fact that the Communist government does not espouse an official state religion.

Throughout the years, that same government has imprisoned members of multiple dissident groups, including Tibetans and Christians. Individuals of these incarcerated groups have alleged severe abuse, including organ harvesting. The reported mistreatment and forced procedures date back to the 1990s and include the extractions of livers, corneas, and kidneys.

As researcher Katrina Bramstedt told Newsweek:

“It is known that Chinese surgeons perform the removal procedure [on political prisoners] and sometimes the ‘donor’ has still been alive during this process — the organ removal process is what actually kills them.”

The Chinese government has denied the claims. Officials insist they have never harvested any organs from prisoners against their will — and that all the “donations” are voluntary.

In a recent SBS Dateline documentary about this practice, a medical student said he remembered seeing blood running out of a live subject when he cut their body. He said he removed the individual’s liver and two kidneys, adding that the procedures on inmates were unusually fast and sloppy.

The documentary revealed how patients are secretly placed into incinerators in hospital boiler rooms while they are still alive — after organs are removed from their bodies.

Titled Human Harvest: China’s Organ Trafficking, the exposé found that during an eight-year investigation, the Chinese government took 11,000 organs from political prisoners without anesthetic each year.

One surgeon interviewed in the film said he removed corneas from 2,000 people while they were still alive.

According to a 2008 U.N. investigation found:

“It is reported that employees of several transplant centers [in China] have indicated that they have used organs from live Falun Gong practitioners for transplants.”

China is one of the world’s biggest harvesters of organs, but they reportedly have no organ donation program. This means there is no official record of where these organs originate.

In the video below, researchers suggest there is a massive financial incentive for the Chinese government to execute prisoners so their organs can be used for expensive transplants.

As Newsweek noted, in 2006, the selling price of organs was astronomically high: a liver could garner $98,000 to $130,000 while the price of a lung ranged from $150,000 to $170,000.


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Author: John Vibes

John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. Yeah this is sick but, in a way, all donors are "alive" when their organs are removed; the heart must still be circulating the blood anyway.

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  6. This doesn't make a lot of sense just on a practical level, not to mention the moral level. First of all the "donor" would be out of control if not anesthetized and I don't think you could tie them down good enough to keep them from squirming in pain and having the scalpel make wrong cuts and destroy an organ or its attaching veins/arteries. You can't take a heart unless you stop it beating if you don't want it to be in shreds from the scalpel. Second, the donor would go into almost instant shock from pain and blood loss and would hardly be alive long. I'm sure the donors are knocked out, not because anyone's compassionate, but because it would just be much easier. It's also too horrific to cremate live people except by complete monsters. Pardon me if I say this all sounds like hate-the-Chinese propaganda.

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  7. Good grief, this news is faked in 1998 and still been posted in 2016.

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  8. No, this stuff has been more or less confirmed. The Chinese started this in the 1990s with prisoners in Xinjiang; they would shoot them in a way that was not immediately fatal, then extract the organs. More recently, inevstigations looking at official Chinese statements about the number of organ transplants versus actual donors suggest that organ harvesting does in fact happen on the scale suggested. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1958171-china-hospital-built-for-murder/ As for a lack of monsters, this is a dictatorship you're dealing with. Remember Saddam Hussein's regime—he and his sons would put people in cages with hungry attack dogs (and predictable results) while watching and laughing, or throw people into tanks of acid. Nothing is impossible when you have no moral or legal constraints.

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  9. The Chinese government does not do this. There are private outfits throughout China that kidnap young boys and girls for the profitable slaughter. In fact, the Chinese government has a special task force to seek them out.. Chinese prisoners can offer their organs just like the option in back of the US drivers license and get paid to their family.

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