On September 18, Jacob Lavee, the former President of the Israel Transplantation Society, commented on the new policy of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) that prohibits the publication of any research papers on organ transplantation from China. 

In June, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) issued a statement and a new policy that said, “Given the body of evidence that the government of the People’s Republic of China stands alone in continuing to

systematically support the procurement of organs or tissue from executed prisoners, submissions related to transplantation and involving either organs or tissue from human donors in the People’s Republic of China will not be accepted by ISHLT for the purposes listed above.”

This policy includes whether other countries systematically from non-consenting human donors and should be subject to this restriction will be reviewed annually pending independently obtained evidence that these practices have stopped.

Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan cited Jacob Lavee, the professor of Surgery at the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Israel and former President of the Israel Transplantation Society, on September 18. He said that this new policy includes any research paper on any clinical organ transplant, which represents a total academic boycott.

This policy is breaking new ground in the international medical community and, as a member of the Ethics Committee of the ISHLT, Professor Lavee expects it can set an example for others. 

As reported by Da Ji Yuan, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation has recognized the judgment of the ‘China Tribunal’ and the recent research results of Matthew Robertson and Jacob Lavee. 

For this reason, Professor Lavee explained the ISHLT has revised its transplant ethics policy, so that the Society and its members will distance themselves from this brutal transplantation behavior.

Matthew Robertson is a China Studies Research Fellow with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

On April 5, the American Journal of Transplantation published a joint study by Jacob Lavee, and Matthew P. Robertson titled ‘Execution by organ procurement: Breaching the dead donor rule in China.’ According to the study, since the 1980s, in China’s military and local hospitals, “the removal of the heart during organ procurement must have been the proximate cause of the donor’s death. Because these organ donors could only have been prisoners, our findings strongly suggest that physicians in the People’s Republic of China have participated in executions by organ removal.” 

On May 12, at the hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on forced organ harvesting in China chaired by Rep. Chris Smith, Matthew Robertson said, “Since 2015, authorities say they’ve stopped the practice, but there are good reasons to doubt these claims.” 

During the hearing, Sir Geoffrey Nice KC, British senior barrister and ‘China Tribunal’ chairman, recalled the authoritative judgment. “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.” And he highlighted, “forced organ harvesting continues till today.”

Since 2000, China has consistently included organ transplantation in its national strategy. China has had a dramatic rise in transplant volume since 2000, with a thirty-fold increase between 1999 and 2005.

Southern Weekend cited He Xiaoshun, a top transplant official, “The number of liver transplants in 2000 reached 10 times that of 1999; in 2005, the number tripled further.”

Falun Gong persecution since 1999 until now

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice rooted in the Buddhist tradition. Its teachings encourage followers to quit unhealthy attachments and harmonize their lives with the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. 

Before July 1999, there were 70–100 million Falun Gong practitioners in China.
On July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chairman, ordered a ban of Falun Gong because he saw its growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology. Since then, thousands of practitioners have died due to the persecution. And many more practitioners have been imprisoned, tortured, or even killed for their organs.

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