#Law Reform
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US Senate and House
Region:
United States of America

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To combat forced organ harvesting and trafficking in persons for purposes of the removal of organs, and for other purposes (bipartisan)

Presented in the Senate and House by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), Tom Suozzi (D-New York), and Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri)), this bi-partisan legislation seeks to fight the global organ trafficking trade and to specifically address the CCP’s practice of forced organ harvesting.

The Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act will expand the US government’s powers to combat organ harvesting, impose harsher penalties for purchasing organs, prohibit the export of organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for human organ trafficking, impose sanctions on individuals and government officials in countries who support human organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting, and introduces mandatory reporting on human organ trafficking in foreign countries and on US institutions which train organ transplant surgeons.

In 2019 the China Tribunal, an independent international people’s tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, lead prosecutor of Slobodan Milošević at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), assessed all available evidence regarding forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. The Tribunal held public hearings where over 50 witnesses testified. Huge volumes of written evidence were analysed, including research showing the deliberate falsification of China’s public organ donation data that helped the CCP to cover-up the killing of innocent people, primarily peaceful Falun Gong practitioners, to support a lucrative trade in human organs.
The China Tribunal’s judgment presents the first-ever independent legal analysis of all available evidence regarding forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

David Matas, Human Rights Lawyer and co-founder of the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) stated:
“ETAC welcomes the Bill both as a matter of substance and as a matter of strategy. What is so glaringly wrong in China, when it comes to organ transplant surgery, will become even more obvious when it is held up to comparison to every other country in the world. How do we get the Chinese Communist Party and the state it runs to stop the killing of innocents for their organs? One way is surely to shine a light on what they are doing. This Bill is important for proposing exactly that, not just on China alone, but on every other country in the world, as points of contrast with China.”

VOC Chairman and Acting CEO Dr. Edwin J. Feulner said: “The introduction of the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act is an important step forward to hold perpetrators of the horrific crime of forced organ harvesting accountable. We call on the U.S. Congress to support swift passage of this legislation to combat organ trafficking and trafficking in persons for organs around the world. Our organization’s research has shown the shocking depravity of the Chinese Communist Party’s system of organ harvesting and the unprecedented scale of China’s organ transplant system—the United States must take action to examine, condemn, and help stop these blatant human rights violations.”

The text of the bill can be found here
HR.1592 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1592?s=1&r=1
S.602 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/602?s=1&r=1

Offical press release with statements from co-sponsors: https://www.cotton.senate.gov/news/press-releases/bipartisan-legislation-to-combat-forced-organ-harvesting-introduced-in-senate-and-house

We, the undersigned, call on the United States Senate, and the United States House of Representatives to pass the STOP FORCED ORGAN HARVESTING BILL

This important legislation seeks to:

• Authorise the US government to deny or revoke passports for illegal organ purchasers
• Require an annual report by the State Department on human organ trafficking in foreign countries. The State Department reporting would identify foreign officials and entities involved in forced organ harvesting
• Require an annual report on US institutions that train organ transplant surgeons affiliated with foreign entities involved in forced organ harvesting
• Prohibit the export of organ transplant surgery devices to countries responsible for forced organ harvesting
• Impose sanctions on individuals and government officials who engage in or otherwise support human organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting.

The text of the bill can be found here -
HR.1592 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1592?s=1&r=1
S.602 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/602?s=1&r=1

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The Support the US Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Bill of 2021 (bipartisan) petition to US Senate and House was written by International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.