Docu film exposes alleged Chinese prisoners’ organs being harvested while still alive

  • Documentary film exposes anomalies on internal organs harvest among Falun Gong sect
  • Banned in 1999, members were imprisoned as China cracked down the organization
  • The documentary is shown in the US, coinciding with the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping

A documentary entitled Hard To Believe was produced by PBS in an attempt to examine and expose the alleged issue of forced live organ harvesting from the Falun Gong sect; otherwise referred to as prisoners of conscience in China.

As shared in a Daily Mail Online report by Imogen Calderwood on October 3, 2015, the documentary is a collaborative effort of  investigative journalist and China enthusiast Ethan Gutmann, Canadian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee David Matas and Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour in their endeavor to delve into the truth – or untruth – concerning live organ harvesting in China, and the subsequent response – or lack of it – around the world.

The documentary offers the first sustained examination into why the world closes its  eyes to ‘one of the most catastrophic human rights violations in our time.’

The director of the documentary,  Ken Stone, was interviewed by Mail Online and revealed his views, saying: “What drew me to the story was that the evidence was so strong and yet it’s hardly talked about. What we did was explore why the reports and documentaries have gotten so little attention?”

Furthermore, he said,  “A number of people have come up with such strong evidence, but they are consistently ignored.”

Meanwhile, sharing his views on what is currently happening in China, Gutmann said, “There’s a general tendency to not want to look at atrocities in the face. We acknowledge a terrible atrocity only after it’s over. Look at how long it took before the Holocaust was recognized.”

Photo Credit: Swoop Films
Photo Credit: Swoop Films

Falun Gong is a religious sect which practices the belief that exercise and meditation heightens physical well-being, spirituality and moral awareness.

It was founded in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, and in seven years time, members of the group had considerably increased.

However, in 1999, the Chinese government began to crack down the sect and members were imprisoned.

In 2006, Gutmann started his investigation following the first-hand experience of Falun Gong suppression in Beijing in 1999. Rumors also started spreading that members of the religious group underwent physical exams; however, it is not about their health status,  but the health of their internal organs — which were later on allegedly taken from them.

The documentary interviewed former Falun Gong prisoners and a surgeon who admitted that he had removed internal organs from living people. 

The report was concluded that at least 40,000 Falun Gong prisoners had been killed for their organs. It has been announced by China that at least 10,000 transplants were carried out every year and these purportedly came from the executed prisoners. However,  U.S. based prisoners’ rights group Dui Hua, contradicted such numbers as he revealed that in 2013 alone there were  just 2,400 prisoners executed in China.

The film was aired in the US; coinciding with the  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, and his address to the United Nations this week.

Falun Gong supporters also came out on the streets to seek global support and attention on what is happening in China.