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Evidence to contradict “substantial” forced organ harvesting from prisoners in China is lacking, tribunal hears

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 16 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1805
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. The BMJ

The Chinese state has not responded to repeated invitations to give evidence to an independent tribunal in London that is considering allegations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners in China, the tribunal’s chair said at a second round of public hearings held on 6 and 7 April 2019.

“Despite every effort to find an analysis contrary to the thrust of the evidence no such analysis has been provided,” said the chair, Geoffrey Nice QC.

The tribunal’s seven strong panel is aiming to establish whether, beyond reasonable doubt, the Chinese state or state approved entities have committed criminal offences under international law.

Nice, who also led the prosecution of the former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, emphasised that the tribunal will continue to welcome all pertinent evidence until it issues its final judgment, expected on 17 June 2019.1

Interim judgment

Twenty witnesses and experts including refugees from China, doctors, academics, and journalists gave evidence in London in April to the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners …

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