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Item 4 (General debate)
International Educational Development submitted a written statement (NGO/57) about the torture of Falun Gong practitioners in mental hospitals in China and the inappropriate placement of them in these facilities. Of equal concern to us is the continuing evidence that the organs of many practitioners are forceably harvested.
On 12 September 2012, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on this matter. Dr, Damon Noto of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting testified that Falun Gong practitioners are arrested, screened for blood type and other qualities and then killed on demand when there is a match from a person seeking a transplant. Representative Chris Smith, from New Jersey commented that the practice challenges the English language, because “barbaric is too calm a word.”
We are aware that the Council as a whole will not address any issue in China due to political considerations. However, we urge that States eliminate the market for organs from China and that the Special Rapporteurs on Summary Execution, the Right to Health, and the Right to Freedom from Torture to look into this matter as an issue of great urgency.