Forced organ harvesting in China has been referred to as a “new form of evil on this planet.” Under direction of the Chinese Communist Party, prisoners of conscience held illegally in detention, primarily persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and other religious Chinese citizens, are killed on demand for their organs for transplant operations and other medical procedures.
Forced organ harvesting threatens democracies everywhere as it violates universally-held principles of how societies need to function successfully. It also turns the medical and nursing professions into abusive practices. Medical institutions in the West, which train Chinese surgeons, pharmaceutical companies which supply materials for China’s transplants, and unknowing patients and their families contribute to a climate of collusion with one of the world’s most vicious, tyrannical regimes. The magnitude and impact of the crime of forced organ harvesting, which has lasted more than two decades, requires an effective and immediate intervention by the international community.
The World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting brings together a coalition of international experts on human rights, religious freedom, and China’s illicit transplantation practices. The Summit was created by five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the United States, Asia, and Europe which are acutely aware of the implications of forced organ harvesting, not only for the victims in China, but for the world. These organizations are actively involved in informing, educating, and preventing unethical organ harvesting and promoting ethics and basic human rights:
- Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting
A non-profit organization founded by medical doctors in 2006, nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 and 2017, and honored with the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in 2019, DAFOH provides the medical community and society with objective findings of unethical and illegal organ harvesting while promoting and protecting ethical standards to preserve human dignity.
- CAP Freedom of Conscience
A European NGO created in 1995 with United Nations Consultative Status, dedicated to protecting the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief globally.
- Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants
A Taiwan-based organization with the mission to end forced organ harvesting and bring transparency to organ transplantation so that patients, their families, and donors will correctly understand the risk and medical safety issues involved in the process.
- Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants
An organization based in Korea and is an extension of the International Association for Ethical Organ Transplants (IAEOT). KAEOT works with government leaders, NGOs, and local communities to raise awareness on issues related to forced organ harvesting.
- Transplant Tourism Research Association
A Japan-based educational organization designed to highlight unethical issues surrounding transplantation practices and promote legal action through various community-centered events.
The five initiating NGOs wish to provide the international, global community with objective findings and assessments about forced organ harvesting from living, non-consenting people. Aside from identifying the need for this World Summit, the NGOs wish to identify and promote further actions.