On Wednesday, US lawmakers called for pressure on China to stop the use of organs from executed inmates, as experts charged that transplants had become a business that may target prisoners of conscience.
At a congressional hearing, experts said the United States could act by restricting its citizens from seeking suspicious transplants overseas and by pressing Chinese doctors through international professional organizations.
China acknowledges it has relied on executed inmates for transplants but has promised to curb the practice within five years. But it has strongly denied that it deliberately executes prisoners to harvest organs.
Representative Chris Smith, a Republican long active on human rights, voiced concern at charges that prisoners from the banned Falungong spiritual movement and ethnic minority groups were singled out.
“This possibility — and this probability — pushes us into the horrific beyond that challenges our language, making ‘barbaric’ too calm of a word,” Smith…
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