China accused of harvesting human organs from minority groups

China accused of harvesting human organs from minority groups
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China was accused of harvesting organs from prosecuted minority groups during a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on Tuesday.

The charge was brought by the China Tribunal, an independent global group initiated by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China.

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Hamid Sabi, a lawyer for the China Tribunal, told U.N. representatives that the Chinese government was taking hearts, kidneys, lungs and skin from groups including Uighur Muslims and members of the Falun Gong religious group.

"Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uighurs, has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale," Sabi said in a video published on the group's website.

Sabi told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the efforts involved "hundreds of thousands of victims," describing it as "one of the worst mass atrocities of this century."

The China Tribunal released a report in July which found "very substantial number" of prisoners were "killed to order" by the Chinese government.

China has repeatedly said it stopped harvesting organs from dead prisoners in 2015.

—Updated Friday at 10:10 a.m.