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Parliamentary questions
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17 January 2019
E-000218-19
Question for written answer E-000218-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Forced organ harvesting for the international trade in human organs: the case of prisoners of conscience in China
 Answer in writing 

Forced organ harvesting is, sadly, a common practice in Asia, Africa and South America. The organs obtained in this way are sold at a high price, fuelling the worldwide illegal trade in human organs for transplant operations.

In China, organs are being forcibly removed from dissidents and prisoners of conscience, the majority of whom belong to the Falun Gong religious movement or religious minorities such as Christians and Buddhists, or come from ethnic groups such as the Kazakhs, Tibetans and Uighurs.

Investigations by the Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China, also known as the China Tribunal, have confirmed that these atrocities have been committed in China on prisoners. Forced organ harvesting is an awful practice that violates human rights.

1. What representations will the Vice-President/High Representative make to the Chinese authorities to bring about tighter controls preventing organ harvesting and to protect prisoners of conscience in China?

2. What steps will it take to strengthen its collaboration with international partners on stopping the international trade in human organs?

Original language of question: IT 
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