According to Justin Rex, it is not a good idea to be a Chinese citizen who does not belong to the Han ethnic group, which represents the majority of the Chinese population. Otherwise, you will be persecuted, especially if you are a Muslim, Catholic, Tibetan, or a practitioner of Falun Gong, who preaches mercy and patience, which contradicts the dogma of the ruling communist party.
In 2014, concentration camps were built in the autonomous province of Xinjiang, located in northwestern China. They are designed to contain hundreds of thousands of Muslims of the Uyghur, Kyrgyz, Huai and Kazakh minorities. The purpose of such a policy is the destruction of their cultural characteristics.
According to Amnesty International, a million Uyghurs are currently being detained without a court order.
They are not only forced to carry out various activities in concentration camps, but also used as organ donors for subsequent sale.
The Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of concentration camps, but in October 2018 officially recognized them, calling them re-education camps.
According to the French journalist, some Muslims held in these camps could not leave their territory. Those who investigate this issue know that the reason for the disappearance of these people is simple: "They were killed for the subsequent removal of organs."
In 2016, the Chinese government began a comprehensive medical examination of Xinjiang residents, which was mandatory only for representatives of the Uyghur minority aged 12 to 65 years. The process involved taking blood samples and sometimes ultrasound.
According to Rex, many people have no doubt that the purpose of such examinations is to collect a database of Muslims whose organs may be removed in the future.
The same opinion is shared by American journalist Ethan Gutmann, who worked for several years studying the issue of organ trafficking in China. According to his findings, Chinese authorities are collecting medical data from minorities through examinations.
He said: "All the surviving prisoners of these camps with whom I managed to talk, whether they were Uyghurs, Kazakhs or Kyrgyz, give blood samples every month."
According to the journalist, it cannot be argued that these samples were taken to avoid infectious diseases or for any other positive purpose, since the Chinese, who belong to the Han ethnic group, which makes up more than half of the Xinjiang population, did not undergo such examinations. As a result, we can conclude that the goal of all these measures is to find out the blood group of the subjects and the state of their organs to determine possible donors.
According to an American journalist, 25,000 Uyghurs between the ages of 25 and 35 are killed annually in order to harvest organs.
Referring to sources, he claims that the bodies of these Uyghurs are burned so that the authorities can destroy all evidence and avoid responsibility. The latter hired 50 employees to guard one of the crematoriums around the clock. Each of them receives a payment of $ 1,200 per year, which is a large amount that has attracted attention in China.
The French journalist also does not consider what is happening as a voluntary organ donation, since China is the country that is known for the shortest waiting times for receiving and transplanting human organs, although it is important in the culture of the Chinese people to keep the body intact after death, and therefore the Chinese prefer not to donate their organs.
In China, an organ transplant process takes only 12 days, while in other countries it is a matter of months, and in the United States this figure averages 3.6 years.
Some patients even knew the exact date of the operation in advance. In other words, hospitals know the date of death of future donors.
According to the French journalist, earlier the Chinese authorities took samples from prisoners sentenced to death, and if the results were positive, they were not immediately killed. Instead, soldiers shot at those parts of their body in which the wounds could not lead to a quick death, so they remained alive even in a very critical condition, and organs were removed from them.
In 2015, China pledged to stop using prisoners as a bank, but there is currently no evidence that it has kept its promise.
To prove the existence of this terrible practice, Invar Tohti, a former Uyghur doctor, said that in 1995, before escaping from China, he participated in organ harvesting of prisoners sentenced to death.
According to the doctor, once he was ordered to remove the organs from the prisoner after the execution, but he was still alive.
He added: "When I started to work, the blood was still flowing, and this suggests that his heart was still beating. He was not dead when I pulled out his liver and kidneys, and my boss asked me to forget everything that happened."
In addition, according to a French journalist, authorities also remove organs of Falun Gong practitioners, as the former Minister of Health of China confirmed by telephone.
The report stated that the Chinese court collected several testimonies, including the testimony of a young Kazakh woman named Gulbakhar Jalilova, who had fled from the concentration camp, where she had been in custody for a year and three months.
The family of one of the Falun Gong practitioners, Li Levyang, testified that he died after spending two months in custody. When they saw his body, they noticed traces of a suture on the chest and another open incision on the back, in areas where organs such as lungs and kidneys were removed.
When the family wanted to know the origin of the traces of the operation, the police said that this was the result of an autopsy.
In some cases, the bodies of prisoners were burned, preventing their families from seeing them.
A girl named Gulbakhar said that she was imprisoned along with Uyghur women, heard a lot about organ harvesting operations and noticed the disappearance of some prisoners.
According to her, she had to undergo regular ultrasound examinations, as well as donate blood. In 2018, she managed to escape.
Organs for sale in Gulf
Erkin Sadyk, an adviser to the World Uyghur Congress, was one of the first to report that there is trade of so-called "halal" organs in China. The Chinese Communist Party, he said, recently began to export a large number of organs of Uyghur citizens from Shanghai to Saudi Arabia.
He said that the Chinese government sells these organs to Saudi Arabia as halal, as their donors are Muslims who do not consume alcohol and pork. This is a way to attract more Muslim clients.
According to him, when Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates signed a letter in support of China’s policies in the context of the Uyghur crisis, one of the goals was to get halal organs.
Each organ has its own price. In 2006, the price of a liver in a Chinese hospital was $ 100,000. According to several sources, a prisoner at the age of 30 makes a profit that is estimated at half a million dollars.
According to a French journalist, it’s very easy to find attractive offers on the Internet about organ donors for Muslims, and hospitals turn to patients from other countries, wanting to attract Muslims as well.
Beijing Tong Shan Tang Hospital offers kidney transplants on several websites and, through its YouTube channel, attracts Muslim clients by reporting that there are places for prayer and halal restaurants in the hospital.
According to Ethan Gutmann, halal organs are sold to Muslims at a high price, and the price of halal is sometimes tripled.
The American journalist mentioned that the Tianjin Central Hospital is one of the ones which activities are studied by organizations fighting against organ trafficking. On its website, the hospital publishes organ transplant offers in English and Arabic.
According to Gutmann, every year this hospital conducts about 5 000 organ transplant surgeries. According to the information he collected, an increasing number of patients come there from the Gulf countries.
In the Uyghur region of Xinjiang, at Kashgar airport, it immediately becomes clear to everyone that it is allowed to take organs abroad, since there are special signs in Chinese and English on the ground that indicate the route for transporting organs to the plane.
It is noteworthy that, according to the French journalist, this airport is located in a region with a low population density. This means fewer donors. A more logical solution would be to build it in Hunan, because the population of Xinjiang does not exceed 25 million people.
Several countries, such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Taiwan, Spain and even Israel, have imposed taxes on those who want to go abroad, in particular to China, for organ transplantation. The purpose of the new taxes is to dissuade them from this step.