The charge is that many prisoners of conscience\u2014Falun Gong members, Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and \u201cunderground\u201d Christians\u2014have been subjected to medical testing and had their organs forcibly removed. Those organs have fed an enormous trade in organ transplants.\n\n\n\nPatients in China\u2014including foreigners\u2014are promised matching organs within days. Former Canadian politician and prosecutor David Kilgour, lawyer David Matas, American journalist Ethan Gutmann and a team of researchers have confirmed this by posing to Chinese hospitals as patients. Dr. Huang Jiefu, China\u2019s former vice minister for health and chairman of its organ-transplant committee, ordered two spare livers as backups for a 2005 medical operation. They were delivered the next morning. In most advanced Western countries, patients wait months or even years for transplants.\n\n\n\nIn 2016 Messrs. Kilgour, Matas and Gutmann published a report, \u201cBloody Harvest\/the Slaughter: An Update,\u201d building on research that dates back to 2006. In this latest version, the authors estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are transplanted each year in Chinese hospitals.\n\n\n\nWhere are the organs coming from? China claims it has the \u201clargest voluntary organ donation system in Asia\u201d and stopped using prisoners in 2015. But the country has no tradition of voluntary organ donation.\n\n\n\nIn 2010 China\u2019s official number of voluntary donors was 34. In 2018 China still had only about 6,000 official organ donors, who are said to donate more than 18,000 organs. Yet the \u201cBloody Harvest\u201d researchers find that figure is \u201ceasily surpassed by just a few hospitals.\u201d Tianjin First Center alone performs more than 6,000 transplants a year, and the report\u2019s authors \u201cverified and confirmed 712 hospitals which carry out liver and kidney transplants.\u201d Dr. Huang claims China will perform the most transplants in the world by 2020\u2014more than America\u2019s 40,000 a year.\n\n\n\nChina\u2019s figures don\u2019t add up. To provide healthy, matching organs within days to patients at hundreds of hospitals, using only several thousand voluntary donors a year means there must be an additional, involuntary source of organs.\n\n\n\nDeath-row inmates cannot account for all of these. China executes more people than the rest of the world combined, but still only about a few thousand a year. Besides, Chinese law requires prisoners sentenced to death to be executed within seven days\u2014not enough time to match their organs to patients and have them ready on demand, as is China\u2019s practice.\n\n\n\nThat led the investigators to conclude that prisoners of conscience are the source of most of the mystery organs. The evidence is varied: Former prisoners of conscience have testified repeatedly that they were subjected to blood tests and unusual medical examinations in prison. The report claims the test results were then added to a database of living sources of organs, enabling transplants on demand\u2014when a patient needs an organ, a prisoner of conscience from the list is harvested.\n\n\n\nFalun Gong, a spiritual movement the Chinese government considers subversive, has been persecuted since a crackdown in 1999. In 2006 Chinese-speaking researchers posed as organ buyers and directly asked if organs from Falun Gong practitioners could be arranged for transplant. Hospitals throughout China confirmed they had such organs available, no problem.\n\n\n\nThe stories are brutal. Dr. Enver Tohti, a former surgeon from Xinjiang, testified in the British, Irish and European parliaments to removing organs from a prisoner forcibly in 1995. \u201cWe had been told to wait behind a hill, and come into the field as soon as we\u2019d hear the gunshot,\u201d he recalled. \u201cA moment later there were gunshots. Not one, but many. We rushed into the field. An armed police officer approached us and told me where to go. He led us closer, then pointed to a body, saying, \u2018This is the one.\u2019 By then our chief surgeon appeared from nowhere and told me to remove the liver and two kidneys.\u201d According to Dr. Tohti, the man\u2019s wound was not necessarily fatal. But Dr. Tohti went ahead and removed the liver and kidneys while the man\u2019s heart was still beating.\n\n\n\nExperts around the world have testified to China\u2019s crimes. Israel, Taiwan and Spain have banned \u201corgan tourism\u201d to China. United Nations rapporteurs have called China to account for the sources of their organs but received no response.\n\n\n\nThe Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting From Prisoners of Conscience in China is looking into the matter. Sir Geoffrey Nice, who prosecuted Slobodan Milosevic, chairs the panel of jurists and experts. On Dec. 10, they issued a rare interim judgment: The panel is \u201ccertain\u2014unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt\u2014that in China, forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practised for a substantial period of time, involving a very substantial number of victims\u201d by the state.\n\n\n\nThe interim judgment was issued in the hope that it might \u201csave innocents from harm.\u201d If China has a response, I\u2019d like to hear it.\n\n\n\nMr. Rogers is East Asia Team Leader at the human-rights organization CSW, deputy chairman of the U.K. Conservative Party\u2019s Human Rights Commission and an adviser to the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China.\n\n\n\nCopyright \u00a92019 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/vimeo.com\/falundafainfocenter\/organ-harvesting-falun-gong-china\nStarting in 1999, the number of transplant centers in China increased by 300% in just 8 years, even though China has no effective national organ donation system. 1999 was the year the Chinese regime began persecuting adherents of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, sending hundreds of thousands to labor camps. Many of them were never seen again.