Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting

Safeguarding humankind’s inalienable rights and justice.
Ending one of the worst mass atrocities of this century:
forceful harvesting of organs from living persons for profit

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About Forced Organ Harvesting

About Forced Organ Harvesting

The atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party have continued unabated for over two decades

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About the Universal Declaration

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List of Co-signatories

Words of Support

Annick Ponthier

I wish to support all those Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted, tortured, maimed, imprisoned, or subjected to even more brutal abuse. At the same time I wish to express my deepest respect for all the victims and all other Falun Gong practitioners. As an MP I will do my utmost best to urge the political leaders to strongly condemn the persecutions and organ harvesting practices and do so on all worldwide platforms.

Dr. Evelina Tsvetkova

"Organ transplantation is the only medical activity which involves - apart from medical professionals - the society as a whole, with a manifestation of its most humane act - organ donation after death. Organ donation is an act of a conscious decision and is performed under strict rules. Therefore, any attempt for compulsory removal of human organs for the purpose of transplantation, must be condemned and prosecuted. Most European countries, including Bulgaria, have adopted the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. I fully support the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting from living people. The altruistic organ donation is the one and only way to secure equal access to those in need of organs for transplantation."

Dr. Milan Brglez

I would like to co-sign the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting. Its content is more important to me than its formal form and the fact that it is not (yet) conceived in the same Universalist way as other documents of international (including EU) human rights law, which are sources of hard (positively applicable) and soft (expressing legal consciousness and/or principles) international law.

Dr. Mārtiņš Šics
Republic of Latvia

"Those Chinese politicians who accept the forced removal of organs for transplantation from living people - by killing them - are misanthropic, and their immoral conduct could surpass only legitimate cannibalism. Prisoners sentenced to death are not and cannot be considered as organ or tissue donors. This is contrary to all norms and values of medical ethics, morality and moral values. I strongly oppose any forced organ harvesting and fully support the calls and demands of the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting."

Hanna Shen

"During World War II, Jan Karski, a young diplomat-turned-courier for the Polish Underground volunteered to carry to the Free World an eyewitness report of the destruction of the Jewish people of Poland by the Nazi Germany. He described the inaction of the Free World as mankind’s “second Original Sin”. Holocaust was one of the most heinous atrocities committed in the 20th century. Barbaric acts of forced organ harvesting carried by Communist China’s regime are one of the worst mass atrocities of this century. The Declaration and creating a uniform code against forced organ harvesting are an opportunity for actions. They are steps that do not allow history repeats itself. Jan Karski, a Polish hero, once said: “I was an insignificant man. My mission was important.” By supporting the Declaration we participate in a mission to save lives. There is no more important task than that one."

Ivan Ivanov
Chairman EWRC

"I support resolutely and with full confidence the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting! Forced organ harvesting must be vigorously prosecuted, because it violates the basic human values and rights which must be respected. Forced organ harvesting has no place in the frame of the human behavior and should never be allowed to happen. Whether it is happening in China or anywhere else in the world, I would support this Declaration without any hesitation. But this is especially true for China, where it is known that forced organ harvesting has been happening for many years."

Jaime Naranjo

"Dear All, I express my full support to this Universal Declariation because this illegal and inhumane practice must be stopped, and we must criminalize it. A warm embrace. Congressman Jaime Naranjo"

Lord Hylton
House of Lords
United Kingdom

I wish to include my name as a co-signatory for the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting. I join with leaders in medicine and in many democratic parliaments in wishing to outlaw this appalling practice.

Mario Abbud-Filho

"I hereby signed Mario Abbud-Filho, Director of the Organs Transplantation Center at the Hospital de Base Medical School FAMERP/FUNFARME, in Sao José do Rio Preto, Sao Paulo, support and agree to sign the Universal Declaration to Combat and Prevent Forced Organ Extraction. My decision is based on the known moral and ethical principles and the Istanbul Declaration, both condemning all and any kind of coercion of vulnerable people to obtain organs and tissues for transplants."

Minerva Borjas
Singer, Producer

"A few years ago I was made aware, through an event in Miami, Fl. of the human rights abusive activities that continue to take place in China today. Coming from a country where human rights are violated every day, I feel a responsibility to do everything in my power so that organ trafficking of prisoners of conscience, and any other violation of the basic rights of human beings, can end forever. I wish to be a signatory to the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing the Forced Removal of Organs."

Niclas Malmberg
Former MEP

What the regime in China does to it´s citizens is horrible. The world needs to act to stop the violence to innocent people. The leaders of China must know that we know what is going on, and that they have to end their brutality against the Chinese people. If they wish to be a part of the worlds well respected nations they can´t keep on lying or continue to deny what is obvious.

Prof. Mateja Sedmak

"I want to sign the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, because as a scientist in the field of sociology. I perceive free decision-making about my own body, life and death as one of the fundamental rights of the individual and a great civilizational achievement of modern times. The right to inviolability and free choice in all matters relating to the body should be a universal human right, independent of the political and social context, cultural and religious traditions, age, gender and other characteristics. Consequently, I strongly oppose all controversial and extremely unethical practices of forced and involuntary organ harvesting for the purposes of transplantation, trafficking and earnings without the knowledge or against the will of the individual. It is somewhat unfortunate that as a human community, despite tremendous advances in science and increasingly in-depth knowledge of the nature of the human essence, we are still unable to recognize the ethical and moral controversy of these practices and effectively prevent them. The fight against practices of forced organ harvesting must be global and prosecute and sanction both states and individuals who carry out and allow the practices in question as those who purchase forcibly removed organs."

Prof. Zbigniew Jaroszewicz
PhD, DSc

"It should be obvious that a necessary condition of organs retrieval for transplantation should be a consent made by the dead person or by a family member of the decedent. Meanwhile various independent sources confirm that Chinese communist authorities are involved in forced organs harvesting. Many prisoners of conscience were executed for their organs without due process. A particularly cruel example is the extraction of corneas from living persons. Even Chinese medical officials admit that organs were extracted without consent. The reason for doing so is obvious and has a twofold purpose: the income from the transplant and to intimidate those considered by the authorities to be a threat. Such conduct should be condemned by every honest person."

Søren Espersen

I thank the initiators of the "Universal Declaration on Combatting and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting" for their necessary and admirable work to make the world aware of the atrocities committed by Communist China: the so-called organ harvesting. Organ harvesting, in short, is the cutting out of organs from Chinese prisoners - without their consent. The prestigious journal BMJ Open published an article a few years ago documenting that from January 2000 to April 2017, more than 85,000 transplants from Chinese donors had taken place, but that in nine out of ten cases it was not possible to determine whether consent had been given or not. But few researchers doubt that the organs harvested came from political prisoners. The fact is that Communist China will be able to supply exactly the organs required at any time. I would urge - as Article 8 of the Declaration points out - that the Danish Government, in its talks with the Chinese Government, protest against the disgusting traffic in excised organs and that doctors throughout the world be urged to refuse to cooperate.

Teresa Sońta-Jaroszewicz
PhD Ibero-American

"I strongly oppose to the organ harvesting from prisoners that is happening in China. How can you be so cruel and without a conscience so as to make such monstrous crime on defenseless people? Let us remember that in this crime are involved also those that decide to buy an organ for transplantation from China – if there wouldn’t be any demand, there would be no supply."

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