Canadian investigators released a report January 31 that makes shocking allegations about China’s totalitarian government. Long-rumored and feared, it appears that China may have indeed added to its catalogue of crimes against humanity that of actually “harvesting” – that is to say, removing – organs from unwilling human beings. According to the report, members of the Falun Gong cult of China – a native spiritual movement in opposition to the communist government – are especially targeted.
David Matas, a human rights lawyer from Ontario Canada, and David Kilgour, a former Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region, conducted the investigation at the request of the Washington DC-based Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong.
The Chinese Deputy Minister of Public Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted at a conference held in the Philippines in 2005 that organs are indeed taken from executed prisoners. However, it was this week that the Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qunan admitted, despite previous and repeated denials, that organs are being “harvested” from prisoners. That this unethical practice is extended specifically to Falun Gong members is an issue that this latter-day Mao has managed to skirt.
Anyone who has paid attention to China over the last decade will have noted the considerable gains in wealth and productivity in the world’s most populous country. That China has displaced a good number of manufacturing and garment jobs from the US and other countries is also no secret. Fortunes are being made in China on the backs of workers who are not allowed to dissent or organize. And fortunes are being made in the West, especially by retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, who sell goods produced by exploited labor to willing Americans and Europeans.
But it would seem that the West has forgotten just how murderous the Chinese government has been since Mao Tse-tung came to power in the early 1950s. According to the Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression by Stepháne Courtois, et al., Chinese communists have been responsible for killing more innocent people than either Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin were able to do