Brutal policies acceptable if they advance Beijing’s interestWhat is well established is that some prisoners on death row — China is the world’s leading executioner, with something like 47 crimes warranting the death penalty — are kept around until there’s a demand for a heart, lung, liver, cornea or whatever, and then the execution takes place so the customer get a fresh body part.
Macabre enough with criminals, but there are also reports of Falun Gong dissidents being imprisoned until their body parts can be sold.
Former cabinet minister David Kilgour and Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas have relentlessly investigated China’s organ “harvesting” program.
Their report concludes: “There has been, and continues today to be, large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.”
This is denied by Beijing, despite first-hand evidence to the contrary.
Falun Gong is a discipline that combines meditation, gentle exercising, truthfulness, compassion and tolerance to gain spiritual enlightenment. Until it was repressed, Falun Gong was becoming more popular in China than the Communist Party — something intolerable for Beijing.