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Medical Experts and Elected Officials Condemn Forced Organ Harvesting in China

On Wednesday, February 24, the “International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China” (ETAC) hosted a seminar on the CCP’s live organ harvesting. 117 people including legal experts and elected officials from the U.S., Canada, the UK, the EU, and Australia attended the seminar.

One of the keynote speakers was Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Chair of the China Tribunal (Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China.) Nice said that forced organ harvesting is the worst crime since World War II. On June 17, 2019, after a five-day hearing with over 50 witnesses, medical experts, and investigators, the China Tribunal released a 60-page summary and confirmed that crimes against humanity, including forced organ harvesting, have been committed in China.

Sean Lin, former lab director for the viral diseases branch at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, said Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted by the CCP for many years and they are the primary targets of organ harvesting. Dr. Lin said that, after the CCP started to suppress Falun Gong in 1999, the number of organ transplants in China saw a dramatic increase, from military hospitals to large size hospitals, across the country. The crime still continues today. When investigators contacted hospitals in China, they were told the wait time for organs is very short. Apparently, a large organ donor supply exists in China. For cultural reasons voluntary donations in China hardly exist at all. He said that “as indicated by the China Tribunal, the international community should demand the CCP take immediate actions to stop this atrocity instead of simply conducting more investigations. … Forced organ harvesting is not only a crime against humanity but it is also a form of genocide.”

International human rights lawyer David Matas proposed legal action such as the Magnitsky Act to sanction communist China. Wendy Rogers, a Professor of Clinical Ethics at Macquarie University in Australia proposed that more institutions and scientific organizations could press the CCP and ban doctors involved from attending international conferences or publishing papers. Overseas patients should also be restricted from going on medical trips to China to receive organs harvested from living Falun Gong practitioners.

A number of countries have spoken against the forced organ harvesting. The annual human rights report from the U.S. Department of State quoted the judgment from the China Tribunal and also recorded the deaths of 96 Falun Gong practitioners in China that year, caused by the suppression. On December 16, 2020, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, together with House representatives Chris Smith and Tom Suozzi, introduced a bill to stop forced organ harvesting in China. Known as the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act, this bill aimed to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience. According to Marilou McPhedran, MP from Canada a measure called S-240 had been introduced to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs). On February 22, Canadian MPs voted unanimously to pass a motion from the Conservative Party that designated communist China’s treatment of Uyghurs as genocide.

According to information from the Minghui, over 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners have lost their lives to the persecution in China. At least 84 died in 2020 alone. Due to information censorship, the real number of victims could be much higher. Furthermore, a large number of practitioners have gone missing in the 21-year-long persecution since 1999.

Source: Minghui.org, February 26, 2021
https://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2021/2/26/191136.html

China’s Campaigns against “Illegal Religions”

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported on February 21 that a document that the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the State Council issued on January 4 stated that the authorities would “step up the crackdown on illegal religions and overseas infiltration activities in rural areas.” The Xinhua report showed that there was an official instruction behind the campaign against “illegal religion” in a number of areas of China over the past two months.

The so-called “illegal religions” refers to Christian house churches, Catholic underground churches, or some Buddhist, Taoist, Islamic or other religious organizations that do not participate in official religious activities.

On February 8, a meeting of the CCP’s branch of the United Front Work Department in Shantou City, Guangdong Province asked that “all towns (neighborhoods) must … keep a close eye on religious and folk festivals” and “focus on investigations of and cracking down on illegal religious activities.”

On February 9, government officials in Duyun City, Guizhou Province carried out activities against “pornography and illegality” and “illegal religions.” Officials visited local communities to “prevent, in a timely manner, obscene and pornographic publications, illegal religious publications, and other cultural rubbish from appearing in the community .” In addition, authorities in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, published an article on its official WeChat account on February 19, stating that a local neighborhood had organized staff and volunteers to “investigate illegal religions … and to find any illegal teaching of religious knowledge or any organization of religious activities.”

On February 20, a CCP official in Yunnan Province told local government officials to “resolutely combat the spread of illegal religious activities.”

On February 23, the branch of the CCP’s United Front Work Department in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province established a task force to conduct a “special inspection” of local religious venues, to “focus on inspections for the existence of illegal religious publications,” and to “acquire detailed knowledge about the purchase or donation of religious publications in all venues.”

On February 23, a Christian venue in Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province received a “Notice of Banning Illegal Religious Activity Sites.” The local authorities had issued it and the venue was fined 200,000 yuan (US$ 30,870). Equipment and supplies related to religious activities were confiscated.

On February 24, in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, the police closed down two local religious assembly sites, including one Christian house church venue, in the name of “carrying out an illegal religious private assembly.”

Source: Radio Free Asia, February, 25, 2021
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/sc-02252021074232.html

China’s Fertility Rate Continues to Fall

On February 8, 2021, China’s Ministry of Public Security released the 2020 annual report based on household registration information. The report stated that, as of December 31, 2020, there were 10.035 million newborns in 2020 registered with the public security departments. The number fell by 14.89 percent year-on-year, compared to the 2019 annual report. There were a total of 11.79 million newborns in 2019 registered with the public security departments.

The decline is also seen in the numbers released by the National Bureau of Statistics. The number of newborns in 2016 was 17.86 million, 17.23 million in 2017, and 15.23 million in 2018. On January 17, 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics announced that the total number of newborns in 2019 was 14.65 million.

In his article entitled, “The Implementation of the National Strategy for Active Response to the Population’s Aging,” China’s Minister of Civil Affairs, Li Jiheng expressed his concern about the substantial decline in the population base.

In his article, Li Jiheng said that under the influence of a number of factors, Chinese people are less willing to have children. The total fertility rate has fallen below the warning line and the population’s development has entered a critical transition period.

Source: Guancha, February 8, 2021
https://www.guancha.cn/politics/2021_02_08_580809.shtml

Explosion Reported Near CCP Headquarters in Beijing’s Zhongnanhai District

On February 23, an explosion was reported at a restaurant 650 meters (0.4 miles) away from the CCP headquarters in the Zhongnanhai district in Beijing possibly causing one death, while six people were injured. The video and pictures from the scene showed that the restaurant had turned into rubble. Doors and windows of nearby residential areas and the windows of roadside vehicles were shattered. The drivers inside the nearby parked cars were injured. The official media reported that the explosion happened during the installation of a gas tank that had been delivered to the restaurant. The restaurant was still on Chinese New Year shutdown and was not open to public. The official media reports on the explosion included CCTV, Sohu, Sina and The Paper. However, as of February 24, the relevant media reports had been removed from the Internet.

The timing of the incident was also sensitive. Beijing will be holding the 2021 two sessions on March 4 and 5. At present, Beijing has entered a high-level security stage. There is tight security screening of pedestrians, vehicles, parcels and the mail. There is a visible police force deployed to guard the area surrounding the Zhongnanhai compound.

Sources:
1. China News, February 23, 2021
https://news.creaders.net/china/2021/02/23/2325014.html

2. Epoch Times, February 24, 2021
https://www.epochtimes.com/gb/21/2/24/n12771043.htm

Pandemic: People in Shanghai Do not Trust China-Made Vaccine

China has started providing COVID-19 vaccine to doctors, nurses, and people in essential industries. However, several official documents from Shanghai, which the Epoch Times obtained, show that people in Shanghai do not want to take the China-made vaccine.

Jing’an District is a main district in Shanghai, with a population of 1.06 million. It has 9 tertiary hospitals (usually these are the comprehensive and general hospitals in the city and have over 500 beds), 9 secondary hospitals (usually with 100 to 500 beds), and 15 society health service centers.

A report by the Jing’an District Health Committee on January 8, 2021, stated it had “surveyed 113,000 people in the district and 24,000 expressed interest in taking the vaccine.” That means 21.2 percent of the people were willing to take the vaccine, while 78.8 percent people were not.

Two other reports by the Jing’an District Health Committee showed that healthcare providers have a low interest in the Chinese vaccine. The Cishuixian Women and Children’s Hospital surveyed 135 people, but only 33 people were willing to take the shot. In Huadong Hospital, 616 out of 1,261 surveyed people were interested. In the Shanghai Dermatology Hospital, 124 out of 735 surveyed people were interested.

Government employees were not interested either. Only 25 people from the 155 people surveyed in the Shanghai Municipal Health Insurance Management Center were open to taking the vaccine.

Ten delivery companies surveyed 1,196 people, with a total of 12 people showing interest. One taxi company has 2 people out of 101 surveyed who showed interest and another taxi company had only 1 out of 30 surveyed who showed interest.

The district has 42 senior centers and 1 rescue station in the district. A total of 1,317 people in these institutes were surveyed. While 35 institutes reported zero interest, the other 8 institutes had 48 people who showed interest.

Excerpt in Chinese:

新一轮新冠病毒(COVID-19,中共病毒)疫情正在上海扩散,中共已对医生、护士、工勤人员等部分重点人群开展疫苗接种。

大纪元日前获得了中共上海市政府的部分防疫文件,文件披露上海市民普遍抗拒接种新冠病毒疫苗,包括医护人员在内的重点人群多数不愿接种。

上海市静安区卫生健康委员会在2021年1月8日提交的《2020年度静安区疾病预防控制工作汇报》中透露:1. “辖区排摸11.3万人,有意愿接种的2.4万人”;愿意接种新冠疫苗的比例仅为21.2%,不足四分之一;换言之,四分之三的上海静安区市民是不愿意接种新冠疫苗的。

静安区是上海市的主要城区之一,依据静安区卫健委工作汇报文件,静安区常住人口105.77万,户籍91.41万;户籍60岁以上人口占比39.06%;辖区内的医疗资源丰富,有三级医院9家,二级医院9家,社区卫生服务中心15家,公卫专业机构5家。

上海静安区卫健委的内部文件披露出,重点人群接种新冠病毒疫苗的意愿非常低。

以医疗卫生系统为例。根据静安区卫健委今年1月填报的《上海市新型冠状病毒疫苗接种摸底登记汇总表》,上海三级医院慈水仙妇儿医院排摸总人数135人,其中意愿接种人数只有33人,排摸对象属于重点人群中的医疗卫生人员。

根据静安区卫健委去年底填报的静安三级医疗机构《疫苗摸底登记汇总表》数据,意愿接种比例最高的上海市华东医院排摸1,261人,意愿接种616人,占比也未过半;而上海市皮肤病医院排摸735人,意愿接种124人,占比还不到五分之一。

即便是中共的公务员系统,对于新冠疫苗也是相当地抗拒。例如上海市政府的上海市医疗保险事业管理中心排摸155人,愿意接种的只有25人,占比不到六分之一。

而上海静安区卫健委的疫苗摸底文件表明,作为重点人群的物流和运输系统,很多人都不愿接种。静安区内的10家快递公司总共排摸了1,196人,意愿接种疫苗的只有12人,平均一家快递公司只有一人有意愿接种。

静安区卫健委今年1月7日-15日填报的物流行业《疫苗接种摸底汇总表》显示,上海大众运行物流股份有限公司排摸92人,愿意接种的只有30人;上海夜城出租汽车服务有限公司排摸101人,愿意接种的只有2人;上海中山汽车出租公司排摸30人,愿意接种的只有1人。上海芷新(集团)有限公司(含客运总站、芷新客运)排摸300人,意愿接种人数合计53人。

静安区福利和养老机构的《疫苗接种摸底汇总表》显示,在辖区内42家养老院和1家救助站中,有35家机构是零意愿接种、即一个愿意接种疫苗的人都没有;静安区43家养老(含救助)机构排摸总共1,317人,愿意接种的只有48人。

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Pandemic: Status of COVID-19 in China as of February 4, 2021

The COVID-19 virus has continued to spread in China. Both Beijing and Shanghai have reported cases.

As of February 4, 2021, the Chinese government published 10 high-risk areas and 51 medium-risk areas, in Beijing, Shanghai, the three provinces: Hebei, Heilongjiang, and Jilin.

High-risk areas are in five cities:

  • Beijing (with 1 high risk area)
  • Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province (1)
  • Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province (4)
  • Suihua City, Heilongjiang Province (3)
  • Tonghua City, Jilin Province (1)

Medium-risk areas are in the following cities:

  • Shanghai (with 3 medium-risk areas)
  • Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province (3)
  • Xingtai City, Hebei Province (2)
  • Baoding City, Hebei Province (1)
  • Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province (1)
  • Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province (21)
  • Suihua City, Heilongjiang Province (19)
  • Changchun City, Jilin Province (1)

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China’s New Regulation Restricts Online Self-publishers

On January 31, 2021, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced that online self-publishers (also called We Media) must first obtain a “permit” before posting news information. The CAC will implement “review before publishing” management for live streaming and interactive content. It will focus on disruptions of the order on social media platforms that involve self-publishers.

Zhuang Rongwen, Deputy Minister of the CCP Central Propaganda Department and CAC Director pointed out that regardless of the nature of the platform, regardless of the form of communication, they must place a top priority on adherence to the correct political direction.

Earlier, on January 22, 2021, the CAC issued a new regulation to restrict China’s tens of millions of self-publishers on social media platforms even further. The regulation will be effective February 22, 2021. According to the new regulation, public accounts that “provide online news service to the public shall obtain the Internet News Information Permit and other relevant media accreditation.”

Sources:
People.cn, February 1, 2021
http://politics.people.com.cn/BIG5/n1/2021/0201/c1001-32018101.html
Cyberspace Administration of China, January 22, 2021
http://www.cac.gov.cn/2021-01/22/c_1612887880656609.htm

Pandemic: Fake Vaccine in China

China reported a case involving fake COVID-19 vaccine. The public security authorities recently cracked a case involving counterfeit vaccine. The authorities arrested more than 80 suspects and seized more than 3,000 sticks of fake vaccine which were filled with physiological saline.

The case involved police from Beijing, Jiangsu Province, and Shandong Province. The suspect has been selling the fake vaccine since September 2020.

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