Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting—a Call on All Humanity to Cease the Atrocity Perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party
During this year’s UN General Assembly in September, “World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting,” co-hosted by five nongovernmental organizations from the US, Europe, and Asia and including a series of six online webinars, is held from Sept. 17 to 26, 2021 and brings together 38 experts from 19 countries around the globe. According to the statistics compiled by the event organizers, the World Summit has garnered several hundred thousand views. At the end of the World Summit, the organizers will launch the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, also referred to as UDCPFOH, calling on the entire human race to support the concerted endeavor to cease the atrocity of the forced organ harvesting committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The UDCPFOH is launched jointly by five initiating NGOs: “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)” from the US, “CAP Freedom of Conscience” from Europe, “Transplant Tourism Research Association (TTRA)” from Japan, “Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants (KAEOT)” from South Korea, and “Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT)” from Taiwan. The initiating organizations indicate that the UDCPFOH is the most solemn declarative instrument, where humanity of the 21st century resolves to cease the most diabolical atrocity of forced organ harvesting by the CCP. The UDCPFOH builds on the foundation of inalienable rights which cannot be deprived by any person or regime and lays bare the core principles to the universal values, including the inviolability of human dignity and the 2 fundamental protection for human life, body, and freedom. The UDCPFOH also proposes measures to combat and prevent the CCP’s forced organ harvesting from gravely violating the value of human existence. With the following statements, the initiating organizations hereby call on all humanity to step forward and support the UDCPFOH: 1. World War II afflicted mankind with irredeemable anguish and losses. It also propelled international criminal justice to punish barbaric human rights abuses as the “crime of genocide,” “crime of torture,” and “crime against humanity,” recognized as among the most severe offences by the international criminal law. The above abuses persist, continue to be concealed and ignored through the political and economic influences wielded by the totalitarian regimes, and remain undeterred, which causes victims to increase. The forced organ harvesting by the CCP is one of such most diabolical atrocities. 2. Over the years, investigative reports conducted by international organizations, human rights groups, and governments as well as expert analyses have all concluded that the largest victim group of forced organ harvesting atrocity is the persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China. They have become the primary source of organ supply under the CCP’s persecution policy. The independent “China Tribunal” established in London in 2019 has also come to the same conclusion: the killing of detainees to obtain their organs for transplants continues. The primary victims include imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners. Crimes against humanity against the Falun Gong and Uyghurs have been proved beyond reasonable doubt. 3. Within the 70 years after World War II, important international conventions on human rights were adopted one after another. During the 20th century, when wars and abuses wrecked human rights, freedoms and justice, the international community consolidated their consensus to safeguard the basic rights and life in the form of declarations and international conventions and implemented them around the world. The UDCPFOH clearly upholds the core standards in the most important international conventions on human 3 rights within the 70 years as the paramount guiding principles. These conventions include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984), Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with Regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (1997), and Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs (2015). 4. Forced organ harvesting is not only used to carry out the cleansing and genocide of Falun Gong practitioners and ethnic minority groups, such as Uyghurs, but also implicated in massive economic profits from organ transplantation, transnational organ sale, transplant tourism, and organ brokerage. Therefore, to combat and prevent forced organ harvesting requires endeavors made at the international and national levels simultaneously. 5. At the national level, the UDCPFOH expounds that all governments shall take all necessary legislative and other measures to criminalize forced organ harvesting under their domestic law to strictly punish it; the judiciary shall initiate and ensure effective criminal investigation and prosecution of the offences. The administrative systems of all governments shall bar entry to any person known to be directly or indirectly participating in forced organ harvesting, shall dissuade their own medical professionals from training Chinese doctors or medical personnel in transplant surgery, and shall urge medical journals to reject publications about the “Chinese experience” in transplant medicine and the like. Meanwhile, each country should enhance the public’s awareness of the unlawfulness of forced organ harvesting. The UDCPFOH stresses international cooperation on the collection, analysis and exchange of relevant information of illicitly obtained human organs and on the investigation into abuses related to forced organ harvesting. The UDCPFOH has been translated into 7 languages: English, Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The UDCPFOH is available for download at its official website at https://ud-cp-foh.info . Lastly, the five initiating organizations call on all organizations and individuals, based on their conscience and dignity as member of the human family, to endorse the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, joining the endeavor to cease the CCP’s atrocity. September 26th, 2021
World Summit against Forced Organ Harvesting: An Alarm to Humankind
Taipei, September 13, 2021 — Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT) announced along with the other four co-hosting organizations from the U.S., Europe and Asia that the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, a series of online webinars, are taking place between Sept 17-26, 2021.
More than 35 international experts will discuss the abusive practice from medical, legal, political, news media, civil society, and policy-making perspectives to elaborate on the impact of the atrocity of forced organ harvesting on humankind. The event organizers also announce the launch of a declaration that will be presented to the public at the end of the World Summit.
A first in the field of medical ethics and human rights in both breadth and scope, the event, open to experts and the public, addresses the forced harvesting of organs from living people not only as a violation of medical ethics and basic human rights, but also as an atrocity against humankind in nature. The systematic killing of people to harvest their organs on an industrial scope is a crime that is unprecedented and should not have a place in the 21st century.
The co-hosting NGOs stand with the global community in sympathy and compassion in hopes of bringing an end to a procedure that violates the inherent dignity of human beings and the universal values of personal autonomy and institutional integrity that civil societies depend upon. The other four co-hosting NGOs include Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH, USA; CAP Freedom of Conscience, France; Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants, KAEOT, S. Korea; and the Transplant Tourism Research Association, TTRA, Japan.
The themes of the six webinars are as follows:
Sept. 17, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – medical perspective
Transplant medicine at a crossroad: An ethics-based profession usurped and repurposed for genocide
Sept. 18, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – legal perspective
Pursuing accountability for forced organ harvesting crimes
Sept. 19, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – political perspective
Politicians, as the stewards and leaders of society, have a responsibility to combat forced organ harvesting
Sept. 24, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – news media perspective
Silence and self-censorship by the media regarding forced organ harvesting crimes
Sept. 25, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – civil society perspective
The impact of forced organ harvesting on our society
Sept. 26, 20:00-22:30 Taipei (GMT+8) – policy-making perspective
Policies and legislation to respond to forced organ harvesting crimes
The profit-based practice in China is now being tackled by the five non-profit organizations. The speakers, alarmed by credible independent and public investigations, including the China Tribunal and United Nations experts and rapporteurs, wish to see an end to forced live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, and Christians in China.
For further information and registration: https://worldsummitcpfoh.info/
Contact: Kari Wu
2019 Asia Symposium on Combatting Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism
On Nov. 30, 2019, a group of nine scholars and experts in medicine, law and bioethics from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Canada convened in University of Tokyo for the Asia Symposium on “Combating Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism.” The participating experts unraveled their discussion of the theme from the basis that last year saw the eleventh anniversary of the original Declaration of Istanbul (2008). The Symposium was organized jointly by Japan’s Transplant Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and SMG Network, Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT), as well as Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants (KAEOT), Korean Bar Association, and SSK (Social Science Korea) Human Rights Forum.
The speakers of this Asia Symposium each shared their research and thoughts about the status of implementation after amending the relevant law, the key points of advocating for amendment, or urging their parliament to legislate or amend laws to prevent their patients from buying illegally sourced organs for transplantation in China. The organizers have compiled all the articles of the Symposium and now present them in the e-book form for public review. We welcome your comments, and with this collection, we hope to truly reveal the truth about the gravest crime against humanity of this century.
- Calling for an Immediate End to Organ Trafficking, Organ Tourism and Forced Organ Harvesting (2019)
- Petition to End Organ Trafficking (RI 2019)
- Petition : End Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (2018)
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- 2016 Campaign: Kindle the Light of Conscience to Rescue Lives
- Expanding Taiwan's Visibility: Report on 2014-2015 International Exchange Activities
- Discussion of Medical Ethics Reverberates Among Medical Students
- Declaration of Tokyo onorgan transplantabuse inChina