United Kingdom

UK Parliamentarians, both from the House of Lords as well as the House of Commons, have shown their support since the start of the persecution of Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) in China in July 1999. Many have spoken at debates, rallies, seminars and formally raised questions in Parliament. There have also been 15 Early Day Motions from supportive Parliamentarians and the Prime Minister has received 129,700 signatures of support from UK residents.

As Part of European Parliament

Although UK Parliamentarians are not able to make resolutions or declarations, the UK was part of the European Union until 2020 and had 73 Members of European Parliament (MEPs). UK MEPs supported the 2013 EU resolution against organ harvesting in China as well as written declaration 0048/2016 titled “Stopping organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China”. This was adopted in 2016 and states “There have been persistent credible reports on systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, primarily from practitioners of Falun Gong peaceful meditation and exercises but also from Uighurs, Tibetans and Christians.”

Human Rights Dialogs with China

Although most European countries rely on the EU-China human rights dialogues to raise issues of human rights, the UK is one of two European countries that continues to hold separate human rights dialogues directly with China annually.

Organ Harvesting

Recently, an amendment to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill, that started in the Commons by Marie Rimmer MP, has now been debated twice in the House of Lords, with cross-party support. This amendment adds the origin and treatment of human tissue, including human organs, to the list of matters about which regulations may be made by the appropriate authority, in the context that informed, valid, uncoerced and demonstrably documented consent may not have been given for the harvesting of such human tissue and organs. In short, it is an amendment that calls on the UK Government to take action on the harvesting of human organs and human tissues from Falun Gong practitioners as well as other prisoners of conscience in China.

In January 2020, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath had a First Reading of his Private Members Bill “Organ Tourism and Cadavers on Display Bill”. Lord Hunt told NTDTV in an interview “People from other countries are paying lots of money to go to China, and almost ordering an organ by order, it really is shocking. My bill is a bill to stop people from the UK doing that.”

UK Parliament

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  • Parliamentary Debates
  • Parliamentary Group Statements
  • Early Day Motions
  • Parliamentary Seminars
  • Other Government Actions & Support