Immer wieder erreichen uns Hinweise und Studien von Menchenrechtsorganisationen, dass in China systematisch Organraub vorgenommen wird, insbesondere an Falun Gong Anhängern und bei Insassen von Arbeitslagern. Die Chinesische Botschaft bestreitet das vehement. Ich wende mich nun mit Kollegen zusammen an die Europäische Kommission, dass dieser Vorwurf umfassend untersucht wird.
To: Ms. Federica Mogherini, the Honourable High Representative/ Vice-President
CC: Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU’s Special Representative for Human Rights
Dear Ms. Mogherini,
Dear Mr. Lambrinidis,
Despite China’s official commitment to stop using organs from executed prisoners by January 2015, reports on supposedly illegal organ transplantation practices in China persist. In a hearing at the European Parliament on the 29 June 2016, David Kilgour (former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific in Canada), David Matas (international human rights lawyer) and Ethan Gutmann (American investigative journalist) presented the results of their new investigation indicating allegedly state-directed, industry-scale organ harvesting in China.
A recent letter from the Mission of China to the European Union dating from 20 July 2016 rejects these results as being “completely contrary to the facts” and a “Downright Fabrication of Falun Gong Cult”.
Before the Summer Break, the European Parliament (EP) adopted on 27 July 2016 the Written Declaration (WD) 0048/2016 on stopping organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. In this WD the EP reiterates its call for a full and independent investigation by the EU into the situation of organ transplant practices in China and the serious allegations of organ harvesting, expressed already in the EP resolution of 12 December 2013 on organ harvesting in China (2013/2981 (RSP)).
The signatories of this letter, Members of the European Parliament, call upon the EEAS to
- – take actions towards overcoming the uncertainty on the allegations of illegal transplantation practices in China by undertaking an independent investigation;
- – continue to raise the issue of illegal transplantation practices in China and increase pressure on the Chinese government to allow independent investigations;
- – inquire on the involvement of EU citizens in illegal transplantation practices through transplantation tourism and raise awareness for the issue amongst the Member States.
Helga Trüpel (The Greens/EFA)
Peter Liese (EPP)
Jo Leinen (S&D)
Arne Gericke (ECR)
Miguel Urban Crespo (GUE/NGL)
Louis Michel (ALDE)