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Letter: Lawmakers praised for organ transplant abuse bills

By Chris Cheng, Woodbury

Currently in the Minnesota House and Senate, there are resolutions regarding the issue of organ transplant abuse in China. HF 2713 and SF 1969 are resolutions “expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned, forced organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience…” The resolutions were co-authored by state Rep. Rod Hamilton and state Sen. Bill Weber.

My wife and I are both from mainland China and she worked in the court system, including the criminal tribunal.  It was common knowledge that executed criminals would have their organs harvested and transplanted. After years of denial, this was openly admitted to by Chinese transplant officials in 2005. The reality, according to researchers, is that individuals imprisoned for their belief are being killed and used as unwilling “donors” and on a very large scale. The primary victims, according to the Minnesota resolutions, practice Falun Gong, which is a spiritual practice combining qigong exercise, meditation and an emphasis on the principles of truth, compassion and forbearance.

The practice of Falun Gong became very popular in China, with estimates of 70 million practitioners by the late 1990s. This popularity eventually led to a government crackdown on the practice in July 1999, and the persecution continues today. My wife and I both practice Falun Gong, and we know several people living here in Minnesota who have been persecuted in labor camps or prisons. Many others we know have witnessed the persecution of their families and friends.

Similar resolutions have been passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the European parliament.  There is currently a resolution in the U.S Senate: S. Res. 220. I am hoping that readers can contact Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and ask for their support. The exposure created by these resolutions is important in stopping the abuse. I am happy to see that the Minnesota lawmakers are also raising this issue and I would like to personally thank Minnesota lawmakers for their great support.

Please visit Endtransplantabuse.org for more information.

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