Chinese immigrants, who at present reside in New Zealand, say that China is still engaged in the widespread and systematic practise of harvesting of organs. A number of reports state that the majority of victims are prisoners of conscience locked up for their religious or political beliefs.
Hanwen Zheng, a Chinese immigrant and practician of Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline in the Buddhist tradition prohibited in 1999, by former President Jiang Zemin, said that she had been arrested and later tortured in China because of her reluctance to stop practicing Falun Gong. At present, Zheng, who managed to escape in 2003, to Thailand and later immigrated to New Zealand along with her husband try to raise the awareness of the world concerning forced organ harvesting in China.
“I lost all my top teeth because I would not eat and was beaten. I found out what was happening to other prisoners and I feared for my life. They wanted my organs,” Zheng said.
In 2005, China admitted that it transplanted organs but only from the deceased and executed prisoners. According to the official statistics, in 2015 the Chinese doctors performed 10, 057 organ transplants but critics say they are not convinced of the figures released. Experts estimate between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are transplanted annually, and the majority of the hearts, livers and other organs are obtained by executing prisoners of conscience.