European Parliament emergency resolution against organ harvesting in China

The Parliament therefore calls on the Chinese authorities to “respond quickly to the allegations of organ harvesting and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms”.

On 5 May, in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a emergency resolution against organ harvesting in China, stating that "this practice must be considered a flagrant and intolerable violation of the fundamental right to life".

The European Parliament begins by stressing that “since President Xi Jinping came to power in March 2013, the human rights situation in China has continued to deteriorate; that the Chinese government has become increasingly hostile to human rights and the rule of law”.

The European Parliament took up 2020 data from the China Tribunal that “forced organ harvesting had been committed for years across China on a massive scale.”

"The heavy reliance on executed and living prisoners as a source of transplant organs results in a wide range of unacceptable violations of human rights and medical ethics," the resolution reads. .

The European Parliament clarifies that "according to the statement by United Nations human rights experts of 10 June 2021, there is credible information that detainees belonging to ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities in China have undergone medical examinations , including blood tests and organ examinations such as ultrasounds and X-rays, essential to check the compatibility of organs for transplantation, without their free, voluntary and informed consent”.

He recalls that “the United Nations human rights experts have already raised the issue with the Chinese government”, but that “the Chinese government has rejected the accusations of organ harvesting”.

Parliament therefore calls on the Chinese authorities to "respond promptly to allegations of organ harvesting and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms" and "to fully comply with WHO requirements in in terms of transparency and traceability in organ procurement channels".

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