US Congress Re-Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Stop Organ Harvesting in China

Senator Tom Cotton

Evidence the crime is really happening increases. Something should be done.

by Marco Respinti — In the last few weeks, things seem to have accelerated and concerns about all the different crimes committed by the Chinese regime are growing across the world.

On March 10, 2021, the 117th US Congress in Washington, D.C., acted to confront one of the most heinous deeds ordered by the CCP against its own citizens, i.e. organ harvesting, which targets especially Falun Gong practitioners, but also others, chiefly Uyghurs and other Turkic people in Xinjiang, which its non-Han inhabitants call East Turkestan, and believers of The Church of Almighty God.

A bipartisan Congress introduced a bill in both Houses to combat forced organ harvesting and trafficking in persons for the purpose of the removal of organs and for other purposes. The bill is identified as S. 602 in the Senate, sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chris Coons (D-CT), and as H.R. 1592 in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY).

It is actually the re-introduction of the “Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act,” advanced in the previous (116th) Congress on December 15, 2020 by the same Senators as S.2016 and by the same Representatives as H.R.8972. If passed, it authorizes the US government to deny or revoke passports for illegal organ purchasers; mandates annual reporting to the US Department of State on forced organ harvesting in foreign countries, identifying foreign officials and entities responsible for forced organ harvesting; mandates an annual report on US institutions that train organ transplant surgeons affiliated with foreign entities involved in forced organ harvesting; prohibits the export of organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for forced organ harvesting; and sanctions foreign officials and entities that engage in or otherwise support forced organ harvesting.

In short, if approved the bill would concretely expand the US government’s powers to eradicate this horrible sore.

Several researchers contributed to this important initiative by the US Congress in 2020, now so importantly renewed in 2021. The most comprehensive analysis is that furnished by the London, UK-based China Tribunal, the independent court initiated in 2018 by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC), which in turn is an international not for profit organization with headquarters in Australia and a national committee in Great Britain. The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice, released its judgment in 2020 and that judgment is simply devastating.

“The Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act is one of the most significant international responses to the China Tribunal’s Judgment to date,” said Susie Hughes, Executive Director of ETAC. “We hope that more governments will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of the United States, to ensure their own citizens are not caught up in the mass murder of innocents for their organs in China.”

Canadian David Matas, human rights lawyer and co-founder of ETAC, noted: “ETAC welcomes the Bill both as a matter of substance and as a matter of strategy,” adding: “How do we get the Chinese Communist Party and the state it runs to stop the killing of innocents for their organs?  One way is surely to shine a light on what they are doing.”

Another important protagonist in the battle to inform the public at large as well as politicians and governments on human harvesting is the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), based in Washington, D.C. whose China Studies department released, exactly one year ago, another devastating piece of documentation on that horror.

VOC Chairman and Acting CEO, Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, comments: “The introduction of the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act is an important step forward to hold perpetrators of the horrific crime of forced organ harvesting accountable. We call on the U.S. Congress to support swift passage of this legislation to combat organ trafficking and trafficking in persons for organs around the world. Our organization’s research has shown the shocking depravity of the Chinese Communist Party’s system of organ harvesting and the unprecedented scale of China’s organ transplant system—the United States must take action to examine, condemn, and help stop these blatant human rights violations.”

Source: Bitter Winter

In the picture at the top of page: Senator Tom Cotton (credits)