Organ Harvesting Allegations against Wang Lijun
The future of the former Chinese police chief of Chongqing, Wang Lijun, is up in the air since he tried to defect to a US consulate in February. Of late, he has been scrutinized for the organ-transplant research center he founded in Jingzhou, in Liaoning Province.
Rights group the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, or WOIPFG, alleges that Wang is implicated in the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.
It’s a procedure whereby organs from prisoners are taken and sold for profit for transplant surgery. According to two Canadian investigators, communist authorities are accused of taking the organs mostly from prisoners of conscience who are killed in the process.
Between May 2003 and June 2008, Wang Lijun was the party secretary and chief of Jinzhou City’s Public Security Bureau. There he founded the On-Site Psychology Research Center of the Public Security Bureau of Jinzhou. The center carries out research on drugs for improving the process of human organ transplants. Wang is a policeman by training and his official resume does not contain any background information in the medical field.
In 2006, two years after founding the facility, Wang received an award for “outstanding achievement” in innovation for his work. State-run media reported that during his acceptance speech, Wang said, "The so-called 'on-site research' is the result of several thousand intensive on-site cases”—in other words, thousands of transplants have taken place there in two years.
Although the Chinese regime is widely known to take organs from executed prisoners, experts say estimated numbers are far below the “thousands” of cases required by Wang’s facility.
Legal expert Zhao Yuanming says Falun Gong practitioners are a likely source for these organs.
[Zhao Yuanming, Legal Expert]:
“Since [former Chinese leader] Jiang Zemin persecuted Falun Gong, and ordered that those beaten to death are to be regarded as suicide deaths, we believe the source of these organs is mainly from Falun Gong practitioners. In other words, during their transplant procedures and research, they have killed a lot of Falun Gong practitioners in order to make inroads in this field.”
World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong spokesman Wang Zhiyuan agrees. His organizations say the persecution in Liaoning was especially severe during Wang’s term. It was also the time when the disgraced official Bo Xilai was governor of the northeast province.
[Wang Zhiyuan, Spokesman, WOIPFG]:
“While Wang Lijun was the chief of the public security bureau, and Bo Xilai the governor of Liaoning, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners was at its peak. Many practitioners suffered severe brutality and have gone missing to this day.”
Falun Gong is a traditional spiritual practice that the Chinese Communist Party has been persecuting since 1999. Rights groups have recorded at least 3,500 confirmed deaths from abuse and torture, though the actual number is believed to be much higher.