The Republican National Committee passed a resolution on Aug. 2 condemning the “vile practice” of forced organ harvesting in China.

The 168 members of the committee approved what, for now, is the most recent renouncement by a Western organization on this issue, according to The Epoch Times.

In 2016, the House of Representatives passed another resolution condemning the Chinese regime for such practices.

Shawn Steel, a member of the committee that promoted the resolution, said he was motivated by the ruling of an independent tribunal based in London that concluded on June 17 that the practice of forcibly removing vital organs from people has been going on in China for 20 years on a very significant scale.

Steel said the tribunal was probably “the most important fact-finding group” that has “gotten to the heart of the matter” on this issue.

The Independent Tribunal on the Use of Organs of Prisoners of Conscience in Transplantation in China, headed by prestigious British lawyer Geoffrey Nice, together with a panel of experts on international law, human rights, transplant medicine and international relations, held that there is concise evidence of forced organ removal in China for at least 20 years.

The ruling also highlights that Falun Dafa practitioners, a spiritual discipline with moral teachings and meditation exercises has been severely persecuted by the Chinese regime since 1999, are the main victims of forced organ harvesting in China.

In the ruling issued by the London court, Geoffrey Nice said that according to an analysis of the infrastructure and capacity of 146 Chinese hospitals, China performs about 60,000 to 90,000 transplants per year, an amount that exceeds those published by the Chinese regime: 10,000 to 20,000 per year.

“Chinese hospitals are able to schedule transplants of major organs within two weeks, suggesting a nefarious intuition regarding the ‘donation’ of these organs,” the resolution states.

“You don’t get a vital human organ in two weeks in the United States. It takes a year, it takes a lot of time. People die every day waiting for a volunteer donor,” Steel said, according to The Epoch Times.

Steel compared the “incredibly cruel” medical examinations inside Chinese prisons to find organs compatible for transplant with Josef Mengele’s experiments on Jews in Nazi concentration camps.

Re-enactment of the CCP’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. The persecution against Falun Gong began in July 1999. It has been estimated that nearly 100 million Chinese had taken up the practice before the crackdown.(Minghui)

It took him time to believe it

Steel confesses that it took him some time to come to believe that this was happening, until the conclusions of the London court were made public, he thought it was something that happened occasionally.

The first time he was told about forced organ removal in China was during a visit to Helsinki, Finland, when a street activity organized by Falun Dafa practitioners caught his attention, yet it seemed “too incredible.”

Falun Dafa practitioners hold a banner in reference to Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who is directly responsible for the persecution of Falun Dafa discipline from July 1999 to the present. (Edward Dye/The Epoch Times)

 “What kind of society would allow that to happen? … The story is so unbelievable that you mention this to most people—we have several doctors at the Republican National Committee, they didn’t believe it. They never imagined it,” the Republican said.

According to Steel, this resolution is only a first step toward making this terrible crime visible on an international scale.

He assures that he will propose sanctions for universities, foundations, and doctors who collaborate with Chinese transplant institutions.

He also called on the government to enact laws such as those in Israel and Taiwan that prohibit Americans from traveling to China to obtain an organ transplant.

“They are getting it from young people who are being sacrificed … for their body parts,” he said.