- A report alleged that the Chinese government is still collecting organs from executed prisoners to fulfill the huge demand from hospitals
- Chinese media said that only 10,000 organ transplants happened in 2015; however, the data was debunked by the researchers in their recently published report
- Hospitals have reportedly been conducting transplant procedures, counting both with and without permission, at around 60,000 to 100,000 transplants annually
- It was alleged that the gap in figures consists of executed prisoners who were imprisoned for their religious or political beliefs
BEIJING, China – A group of researchers claimed that China still continues the practice of harvesting organs from their executed prisoners, despite the government’s pledge of eradicating it in 2009.
Gabriel Samuels mentioned in his article for The Independent that the report alleged the Chinese government is still collecting organs from executed prisoners to fulfill the huge demand from hospitals.
Although China denied the allegation for a decade, they reportedly admitted it once back in 2005.
Human rights advocate team consisting of lawyer David Matas, journalist Ethan Gutmann and former Canadian politician David Kilgour, published a 718-page report revealing that hospitals in China have conducted organ transplant procedures; with or without official consent to do so.
The team tracked the organ transplant numbers from selected hospitals, and while reviewing the papers, they found that 712 hospitals are doing transplant procedures despite that only 164 hospitals were given official approval by the Chinese government to perform the procedure.
“Despite not being approved by the Ministry of Health, many of these facilities have not halted their transplant activities and some of these non-approved institutions had significant transplant volumes,” the study read.
“Compared to the Ministry-approved hospitals, these institutions have more flexibility to obtain living organ sources through various channels and to continue organ harvesting,” the study added.
Chinese media said that only 10,000 organ transplants happened in 2015. However, the data was debunked by the researchers in their recently published report.
“The (Communist Party) says the total number of legal transplants is about 10,000 per year. But we can easily surpass the official Chinese figure just by looking at the two or three biggest hospitals,” Matas said in a statement.
An article by James Griffiths for CNN said that the researchers confirmed that hospitals, counting both with and without permission, have been conducting transplant procedures at around 60,000 to 100,000 transplants annually.
The report’s figures and one claimed by the government showed an enormous gap, and this gap allegedly consisted of executed prisoners who were imprisoned for their religious or political beliefs.
Reports said that political prisoners are given routine blood tests and medical examinations in order to keep their organs healthy and ready for transplant.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday that the Chinese government is enforcing “strict laws and regulations on this issue” and called the allegations “imaginary and baseless.”