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Humankind at a Crossroads: Universal Human Rights versus Commercialized Forced Organ Harvesting from Living People
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The Universal Declaration was a reflection of people's desire to learn from the horrors of the Second World War, and a determination to never allow such horrors to happen again. By defining the fundamental rights of all people, the Universal Declaration embodies a commitment to prevent actions that endanger humanity and erode the dignity of human life.
Yet as we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of that historic day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was co-signed, the human family is facing exactly what the Declaration was designed to prevent – the egregious slaughtering of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China for their organs. Being subjected to 22 years of persecution of genocidal proportions, Falun Gong practitioners, living by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, are an inseparable part of the human family and as such, the Chinese government’s attempt to eradicate the Falun Gong is also a reflection of eradicating a part of our human family. How then do we respond to such an egregious violation?
Forced organ harvesting from living people is the embodiment of contempt, greed, corruption, deceit, and brutal violence. Peaceful people of faith are imprisoned for the purpose of having their vital organs surgically and forcibly removed while they are still living, amounting to “commercialized murder” by doctors to fuel a multi-million-dollar transplant industry in China. The once sacred human body is reduced to a commodity and biomass at the bidding of stakeholders within the Chinese Communist Party. The victims are not only Chinese individuals, but all of humankind, as the core values of the human family are abandoned. Killing people for their organs is a crime against humanity and a disgrace to universal human rights.
Sadly, the practice of forced organ harvesting continues unabated in China, as the world has remained relatively silent. After over two decades, and an unknown number of people murdered for their organs, we must acknowledge that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has failed to protect humanity from this abominable crime. The Chinese Communist Party is repudiating any semblance of human rights and as such is a threat to humankind.
Humanity is at a crossroad: In the face of one of the most egregious humanitarian crimes of this century, people can choose to remain silent or respond in a way that helps us move beyond the past and into a world based on harmony and dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, augmented by the newly introduced Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, can serve as a guide to establish an environment where people can live in such a world. After the judgment of the China Tribunal - https://chinatribunal.com/ - in 2019 and the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting - https://worldsummitcpfoh.info/ - in 2021, we gather this December 10th to reflect on the value we place on human life, to reaffirm our commitment to human dignity, and to find a path out of this horrendous immorality.
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