In a public appeal to canvass support for a new organ donation initiative, China Daily went as far as admitting that executed prisoners had been the source of more than 65 percent organ transplantation performed in China. If my memory serves me right, this is the first time a Chinese Government mouthpiece has openly quoted figures in relation to this internationally condemned practice of organ harvesting. It is even more unusual for China Daily to be quoting statistics that allude to a high execution rate, since such information is considered a state secret.
The report made open the failure of a legislation introduced in 2007 to curb illegal organ harvesting and trafficking crimes. It was the intention of the new legislation to bar donations from living people who are not related to or emotionally connected to the transplant patient. However, according to China Daily, traffickers have been able to find loopholes in the legislation to continue pressuring people into donating to those unrelated to them.
The new initiative aims at establishing a national organ donation system to reduce the reliance on organ harvesting from executed prisoners and to encourage donations from the public. The scarcity of available organs has also led to a black market and widespread corruption practices, according to China Daily.
So after all the Canadian human rights activists have all along been correct when they condemned the widespread of “organ tourism” in China back in 2006. Whoever issued THIS press release at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa may want to apologise to the Canadians for accusing them of supporting an evil cult.