Enes Kanter, the NBA star and Boston Celtics player, denounced that the Chinese Communist Party murders prisoners of conscience to remove their organs and sell them for transplants in a new offensive by the player who says his team ‘punished’ him for criticizing the Chinese communist regime and won’t let him play.
“The Chinese Government engages in forced organ harvesting. Ethnic and religious groups, Tibetans, Uighurs in death camps, Christians, Falun Gong, are all targeted.
Liver. Kidney. Heart.
Stop murdering for organs. It’s a crime against humanity.
End forced organ harvesting in China, NOW!” wrote Kanter on his Twitter account.
In the post, Kanter included basketball shoes with bloody organs and price tags, a surgeon removing a heart from a person lying down.
Kanter’s new denunciation adds to a series of tweets and videos he has been posting in recent times criticizing Nike for using Chinese slave labor for manufacturing its products and the Chinese communist regime for abuses against Tibetans, Uighurs, and repression in Hong Kong.
According to the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), one of the largest groups persecuted by the CCP, in the early 1990s, the Chinese regime used Uighurs in Urumqi province who were sentenced to death, most likely not for committing an actual crime, to execute them in a way that allowed them to have their organs removed while still alive and used for transplants.
At that time, China was recording only a few dozen transplants per year, and both the number of transplant centers and the number of surgeons capable of performing transplants were limited.
A few years after July 1999, when the CCP launched a campaign of persecution against Falun Gong, a discipline of the Buddha School, the number of transplants in China skyrocketed. By 2012 it was recording between 60,000 and 100,000 transplants per year, despite not having an organ donation system, i.e., without being able to justify the source of organs.
These allegations were extensively investigated, and in December 2018, the China Tribunal, an international non-profit organization made up of lawyers, doctors, and journalists, concluded “unanimously, and surely beyond reasonable doubt, that forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced in China for a considerable period of time and with a very significant number of victims.”
The investigation is based on the short waiting times to get an organ in China – between one and two weeks; the disappearance of Falun Gong and Uighur practitioners; the massive infrastructure development of facilities and medical personnel for organ transplant operations that occurred when China did not yet have a voluntary donation system in place.
In 2006, when the investigations began, hospitals and transplant centers boasted advertisements on their websites offering kidneys, livers, and other organs in a “matter of days,” which investigators explained were because the Communist authorities conducted blood and tissue testing on prisoners in advance to determine the compatibility of a transplant and to know in advance what type of organ the buyer would need.
The CCP initially denied the practice of organ harvesting but later said it only used prisoners sentenced to death.
However, such claims were refuted because China executes 1,000 prisoners per year, which does not justify the nearly 100,000 transplant operations annually.
Kanter says his team punished him for speaking out about the abuses of China’s communist regime.
The Boston Celtics player posted another tweet on Nov. 14 saying, “keep limiting me on the court, I will expose you off the court” where he shows an animated book where he puts the ball in the basket and hits Chinese leader Xi Jinping, with the messages “Free Tibet, Free Hong Kong, Free the Uyghurs, Free Taiwan” and “Thank you Enes Kanter,” apparently sent by a supporter.
According to a Daily Caller report, Kanter went from playing 24 minutes per game to just 6 minutes per game.
While Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Kanter’s limited court time was merely a professional issue, critics point out that Kanter is one of the NBA’s most solid centers and that the reason he is on the bench is punishment for being so critical of Beijing, with whom the NBA has a million-dollar contract.
Enes Kanter’s allegations are a rare expression of compassion and righteousness within an NBA world that has previously made headlines for caving into CCP demands for censorship and that the mainstream media has failed to cover it adequately.