Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 17, 2013

Resolution 281 can help save lives


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — In 2006, a woman from Shenyang, China, exposed that up to 4,000 Falun Gong adherents had been killed for their organs at the hospital where she worked.

A Chinese military doctor validated the woman’s story by claiming similar atrocities were happening in 36 different labor camps throughout China.

The mounting evidence inspired two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers to launch an investigation. Former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific, David Kilgour, and human rights attorney David Matas published their own report, drawing “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true.”

The report can be read at: http://organharvestinvestigation.net/.

Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation practice focusing on gentle exercises for improved health. Practitioners also live according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

Why did the Chinese Communist Party target such a large group of peaceful people and instigate the heinous practice of forced organ harvesting?

The roots go back to 1999 when Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Communist Party, sought a way to bolster his own power.

CNN’s Senior China Analyst Willy Lam described it well: “Jiang has mobilized a Mao-era mass movement against (Falun Gong)” and “… the most severe criticism leveled at Jiang’s handling of the Falun Gong is that he seems to be using the mass movement to promote allegiance to himself.”

Now, after 14 years of brutal persecution, multiple investigations have concluded that live forced organ harvesting is being perpetrated on Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience.

Evidence includes the abnormally short waiting time for an organ match in China. Transplant centers claim a matching organ can be found within two to four weeks. In the United States, the waiting time for a kidney or a liver is about two to three years.

Also, the boom in organ transplants matches the timeline of the persecution of Falun Gong. The number of Chinese transplant centers increased by 300 percent (from 150 to 600 centers) from 1999 to 2006.

Investigators have even called Chinese hospitals, where multiple doctors admitted they have organs from Falun Gong practitioners.

In June, congressional representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Robert Andrews introduced House Resolution 281, calling on the Chinese government “to immediately end the practice of organ harvesting from all prisoners, and particularly from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”

Read House Resolution 281: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres281/text

This crime against humanity directly affects those in the U.S., as American patients continue to travel to China for organ transplants. This resolution will allow U.S. patients, doctors, hospitals, and other professionals to avoid becoming accomplices to this grotesque crime.

Passing Resolution 281 will apply pressure to China and cause the Communist Party to restrain its abuses against prisoners of conscience.

Help congress stand up for human rights and religious freedoms. Contact your representative and ask that they co-sponsor Resolution 281 to help save lives.

Adam Miller of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., has been practicing Falun Dafa and advocating for human rights since 2004. He writes on behalf of the Michigan Falun Dafa Association.