Human rights groups are calling on Chinese officials and medical professionals who harvest the organs of living Falun Gong practitioners to stop their crimes after the death of former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin.

Theresa Chu is the head of the Legal Commission of the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting. According to the Epoch Times, she said, “We urge all Chinese Communist Party members and medical professionals who are involved in the forced removal of organs from Falun Gong practitioners to stop the crime immediately.”

Jiang Zemin ruled China from 1993 to 2003 and initiated the brutal organ harvesting of the spiritual group. He died on November 30.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Buddhist meditative practice based on truth, compassion, and tolerance principles. Since its public introduction in 1992, the practice gained huge popularity, with 70 million to 100 million adherents in China by 1999.

Considering its popularity as a threat to the CCP’s rule, Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on Falun Gong in 1999. 

Since then, the CCP has detained millions of Falun Gong adherents in labor camps and prisons across China. In addition, many detained innocent practitioners have become victims of the CCP’s state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting.

There is evidence that Jiang ordered the killing of Falun Gong for their organs on a large scale. 

In a secretly recorded phone call made by a group investigating the persecution of Falun Gong in 2015, a senior Chinese military official admitted that Jiang instructed the killing.

Bai Shuzhong, former minister of health of the People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department, told the group, “At the time, it was Chairman Jiang. There was an instruction to start this thing, organ transplantation.” 

Torsten Trey is the executive director of the Washington-based advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting. He told the Epoch Times, “I assume that a portion of the forced organ harvesting industry will collapse very soon.” We might also see whistleblowers or other witnesses coming to the public as they seek a legally safe shore.

He added, “The efforts to hide and conceal the forced organ harvesting will probably fade and open up leaks.”

The Epoch Times reported that British lawmakers on November 30 vowed to proceed with legislation aimed at stopping any service or goods involved in forced organ harvesting from entering the U.K. 

Lord David Alton wrote on Twitter, “Former CCP leader, Jiang Zemin, who gave the orders to ‘eradicate’ Falun Gong’ using any means necessary’ & set up 6-10 office, a Police department specifically for that purpose, has died. @LordPhilofBrum will today move [an] amendment on forced organ harvesting.” 

In 2021, U.S. lawmakers introduced the first legislation to stop China’s organ harvesting practice.

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