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China: Organ Harvesting

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 19 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the revised report, Bloody Harvest, by David Matas and David Kilgour on allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China, published on 31 January; and, in particular, whether they have assessed the claim made by the Transplantation Society that executed prisoners are the major source of organs used for transplants in China. [HL3060]

The revised report contains more detailed allegations, but we have seen no evidence to substantiate them. The Chinese Government rejected the allegations when we raised the report at the UK-China human rights dialogue on 5 February. The Chinese Government acknowledge the practice of organ harvesting from executed prisoners and introduced regulations on 1 July 2006 to ban the sale of organs. We welcome the adoption of draft legislation in March which aims to give a firmer legal status to the July 2006 regulations and further tighten controls over organ transplants in China, as well as to encourage more members of the public to become donors.