Waiting times for organ donation in China is surprisingly low (Image: GETTY)
Sir Geoffrey Nice the chair of the tribunal and a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said: “Very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason.” The seven-member independent panel comprised of leading human rights lawyers found it was “beyond doubt” that forced organ harvesting from prisoners has taken place “on a substantial scale by state-supported or approved organisations and individuals” in an interim judgement released in December. The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, an independent panel, said there was clear evidence that forced and deadly organ harvesting had been taking place over at least 20 years.
The tribunal was set up by campaign group the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China and was charged with examining whether crimes had been committed as a result of China’s transplant practices.
The UK-based panel said it was “satisfied” that forced organ harvesting was still taking place after hearing evidence that members of the Falun Gong group continue to be killed in the process of having their organs extracted.
The panel said its findings were “indicative” of genocide but it had not been clear enough to make a positive ruling on that front.