Chinese Official’s Death Raises Questions About Forced Organ Harvesting

Chinese Official's Death Raises Questions About Forced Organ Harvesting

(ReliableNews.org) – World leaders have been ringing alarms about China’s organ harvesting program for years. It has been alleged that the country puts prisoners to death and then takes their organs to give to paying customers. Transplant tourism is a very real problem in the communist nation. The recent death of a Chinese official has once again brought the issue into the spotlight.

On December 9, Gao Zhanxiang, the former deputy party secretary of the Ministry of Culture, died. Zhu Yongxin, another high-ranking official, wrote an obituary for him. According to portions of the text published in The Epoch Times, he mentioned Gao had a “sharp mind and a booming voice” and never resembled a patient while he was ill. He even called the 87-year-old “spry.”

One part of the obituary was very concerning. Zhu joked that a lot of “components [were] not his own anymore,” and he wasn’t kidding. The Chinese official noted Gao had “replaced many organs in his body” while he was fighting to live.

The obituary was quickly deleted, but Chinese citizens on the social media site Weibo made copies of it to pass around. Many of those users reportedly expressed shock at the casual way the official spoke about forced organ harvesting.

Epoch reported one person wondered who was losing the organs Gao had obtained so easily. Another wanted to know how many other high-ranking Chinese officials were just “effortlessly” switching out organs that are no longer working for them.

In 2021, the United Nations expressed concerns that China might be harvesting organs from Uyghur minorities. Last year, the United Kingdom passed a law banning people from traveling to China to purchase organs for transplants. While the communist country has claimed it no longer harvests from prisoners, it’s not clear if it’s actually true. What is clear, is the operations are still taking place — which means someone is donating the organs.

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