February 22, 2024

Chinese prisoners donating organs — whether they like it or not

Chinese hospitals obtain organs from executed prisoners, according to a recent report from Radio Free Asia. This is another confirmation of persistent rumours of a link between the criminal justice system and doctors. No. 1 and No. 3 Hospitals in Guangzhou, which are affiliated with the prestigious Sun Yat-sen University, have become leaders in liver and kidney transplants. A nurse told an RFA reporter that most of the organs came from prisoners and that they had been removed before death.

Human rights groups claim that China executes more people than the rest of the world put together — about 10,000 each year. However, the Chinese government has angrily denied that there is an officially sanctioned trade in prisoner organs.