Death Penalty Data Shady; Organ Harvesting Considered a State Secret
At one of the recent discussions during the Chinese Communist
Party’s (CCP) Two Meetings (high level internal meetings),
Huang Jiefu, the Deputy Minister of Health said that due to
the lack of voluntary organ donation by citizens,
executed prisoners became the main source of
Amnesty International wrote in a March 27th report that
the number of executed prisoners in China is a state secret.
No outsiders can obtain the specific figures.
However, analysts believe that the CCP admitted
to transplanting organs of executed prisoners in order to conceal the truth of the Wang Lijun incident.
Jinzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau Psychological
Research Center, which was founded by Wang Lijun,
has removed thousands of organs from human bodies
for the past two years.
If all the organs came from death row prisoners, then
there must be a significant number of death row inmates in China.
If the organs did not come from death row inmates,
where do they come from?
On March 27th, Amnesty International released a report
regarding the global death penalty.
Among the 57 countries that retain the death penalty,
only 20 countries executed prisoners in 2011.
The number of death row inmates that have been
executed is at least 676.
Amnesty International stated that this figure does not include
criminals who were executed in China.
Amnesty International estimates that the number of executed
prisoners in China surpasses the sum of those in all other countries.
As the number of prisoners executed in China is considered
a state secret, no outsiders can know the exact figure.
Commentator Lan Shu: “the CCP has always considered
the number of executed prisoners to be a state secret.
It is a totalitarian dictatorship; a lot of things are kept secret
Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong said that in China, everyday
citizens only know his infliction or the lawyer knows that his client is sentenced to death or will be executed.
He cannot know everything.
The public’s right to know is deprived.
Jiang Tianyong: “From a legal point of view, in fact,
the CCP’s approach cannot be justified by its own law.
(According to China’s law), even if the trial is closed
to the public, it is necessary that the judgment be made public.
The implementation of the death penalty should be known
by the lawyer and family."
Jiang believes that it is suspicious that the CCP considers
the number of death sentences carried out in China a state secret.
In 2005, the Chinese Deputy Health Minister, Huang Jiefu,
at the World Health Organization meeting, officially admitted
for the first time, that the majority of transplanted organs
in China come from death row.
Subsequently, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health,
Mao Qun’an, denied Huang Jiefu’s statements and claimed
that a large number of transplanted organs
came from voluntary organ donations.
Commentator Lan Shu: “Chinese people have a belief
that a person’s body is given by the parents. His body is to be taken away when he dies.
Therefore, due to this tradition, most Chinese people
are not willing to donate organs.
Hence, the number of donated organs
in China is very small."
In March 2006, as reports were released regarding organs
being harvests from living Falun Gong practitioners in China
then sold on the black market, the CCP remained silent
for three weeks.
The spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, Qin Gang,
denied the existence of concentration camps and live organ harvesting,
and also stated that reports regarding the existence of organ
removal from executed prisoners for use in organ transplants is a complete lie.
Qin also denied Huang’s previous statement.
However, during the Two Meetings this year,
the Deputy Minister of Health, Huang Jiefu, stated again that,
“the organ shortage is a bottleneck in the development
of organ transplantation in China.
Due to the lack of voluntary organ donation,
executed prisoners have become the main source of organs."
Commentator Lan Shu: “The CCP chose to publicly admit
their practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners in order to avoid attention.
It wants to divert the public’s attention.
What the public is most anxious to know about
is whether the documents Wang Lijun sent overseas
included the confidential information of CCP live organ
harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners."
Lan expressed that the CCP choosing to publicly admit
at the important Two Meetings, the removal of organs from
executed prisoners, was to divert the public’s attention away
from organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.