Escalation of Human Rights Violations in the 21st century: State-sponsored Forced Organ Harvesting of Living People

CAP Liberté de Conscience (ECOSOC since 2016) is organizing a virtual side event to the 49th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2022. DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting) is honored to be a co-organizer of this important event.

International experts will speak at this event to share their concerns about forced organ harvesting and human rights violations in China.

Forced organ harvesting from living prisoners of conscience has occurred for over two decades in the People’s Republic of China. Independent investigations and the recent China Tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice have produced an irrefutable amount of evidence and led to a unanimous judgment.

On June 14, 2021, the United Nations published a statement by 12 UN Special Rapporteurs and experts, reflecting the aforementioned concerns. The UN human rights experts were alarmed by reports of alleged ‘organ harvesting’, targeting minorities in detention in China, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians. The experts call on China to respond to the allegations of ‘organ harvesting’ and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms.

In September 2021, a coalition of 5 NGOs organized and hosted the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting with 38 speakers from 19 countries. Lord Philip Hunt, UK, described the forced organ harvesting as “commercialized murder and without doubt, among the worst of crimes.”


Given the severity of the claims, the urgency of immediately stopping the killing of tens of thousands of people for their organs, and the increasing concern voiced by investigators, parliaments, China Tribunal, UN Special Rapporteurs and the World Summit, we propose to come together and unite our voices at a virtual side event during the 49th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

We wish to engage your participation in order to stop this crime against humanity.


A roundtable discussion followed by a Q&A session on March 23 aims at finding answers and developing solutions:
  • Moderation
  • Speeches
  • Introduction of follow up virtual side event
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Price: Free
  • Language: English
  • Who can attend? Everyone
  • Dial-in available? listen only: Not available
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