It isn’t too often that you’d turn to your friend and exclaim: “Did you hear about that European Resolution that passed?!” Though this time, maybe you should.
In 2013, Europe passed a landmark resolution strongly condemning forced organ harvesting of live prisoners of conscience in China. The resolution expressed “deep concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”
That was nearly two years ago, so we must ask what’s changed? Well, sadly, not much. While the Chinese Communist Party has paid lip service to ending organ harvesting (strangely without actually admitting that they were performing forced organ harvesting), nothing has actually changed. In fact, as Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting noted in April of this year: “China’s primary organ source, said to be executed death row inmates, foreshadows a different reality: an increased reliance on organ procurement from prisoners of conscience. This vulnerable group, of which the brutally persecuted Buddhist practice, Falun Gong, among others, is the primary target, is at increased risk of falling victim to the demand for forcibly procured organs. DAFOH urges the global medical community to be vigilant and not accept China’s claims at face value.”
Damon Noto, M.D., a spokesperson for FAFOH, gives testimony to the U.S. Congress in 2012 about China’s forced organ harvesting:
Essentially, they are saying that no China, we don’t believe you.
Don’t take it personal Chinese Communist Party, it’s just that you’ve lied about this issue and tried to avoid it since it became known in early 2006 with the release of the Kilgour-Matas Report, which reads in part: “The Government of China has responded to the first version of our report in an unpersuasive way. Mostly, the responses have been attacks on the Falun Gong. The fact the Government of China, with all the resources and information at its disposal, resources and information we do not have, was not able to contradict our report suggests that our conclusions are accurate.”
Guess what? The lie is up. Everyone knows. In fact, the real question is how come more governments haven’t openly condemned this practice?
Here is where it gets somewhat confusing. While Europe passed this measure rather quickly, the United States Congress still hasn’t. To be honest, it is kind of at a very amigos stage right now. The same resolution introduced in Europe was introduced in 2013 in the U.S. Congress—it’s called House Resolution 281. It has the support of at least 245 members of Congress. Yet it’s still in this strange cycle of being marked up. The latest action was on July 30, 2014, when it was “Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.”
Two years after Europe passed a resolution, leadership in the United States still hasn’t acted on a national level to the degree Europe did to pass this resolution. I can only wonder why.