By: PR Newswire
GENEVA, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Four leading global human rights advocacy groups are calling on the United Nations to use its influence to halt the practice of forced organ harvesting in China, and to coordinate global efforts aimed at making transplant medicine safe and ethical.
In an open letter from August 3, 2015, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, the Swiss branches of the Society for Threatened Peoples and the International Society for Human Rights called on His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights, to move from words to deeds in confronting the harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China, particularly from Falun Gong, Uighurs, Tibetans and Christian minority groups.
” As organizations committed to preserving human rights, we are deeply concerned about forced organ harvesting – organ procurement without free, voluntary consent – from prisoners of conscience in China, which is a crime against humanity and violates the core values of the United Nations Charter,” wrote the authors.
The letter to the High Commissioner follows a June 24 th seminar at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations in Geneva, which examined the trafficking of forcibly obtained human organs, a practice that international observers say continues unabated despite contrary claims from the government of the People’s Republic of China. [FULL STORY]