An actress has alleged China is harvesting organs in China from people imprisoned over their political or religious views.
Canadian-Chinese actress Anastasia Lin told a parliamentary inquiry into human organ trafficking that ‘Western democratic nations have the ability and the duty to intervene’ to stop transplant abuse.
‘Transplant abuse in China is a deeply ingrained systematic state-sanctioned crime,’ she said.
Canadian-Chinese actress Anastasia Lin (pictured) alleged China is harvesting organs in China from people imprisoned over their political or religious views
Lin (pictured) won Miss World Canada title in 2015. She is pictured at the Leo Awards in 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver
She was also critical of the corpses used in the Real Bodies: The Exhibition, in Sydney. A human body is seen from Real Bodies The Exhibition in April 2018
‘Unlike anywhere else in the world, the abuse occurs within the very institutions that are meant to instill confidence and trust – the hospitals.’
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade first assistant secretary Graham Fletcher said he was confident China is ‘serious’ about ensuring its donation system no longer relies on executed prisoners, ABC News reported.
‘The idea that there is a separate, parallel, hidden, vast network of unspeakable activity where people are essentially killed for their organs — we don’t believe that that is happening,’
Lin, who won Miss World Canada title in 2015, was also critical of the corpses used in the Real Bodies: The Exhibition in Sydney, SBS reported.
‘Transplant abuse in China is a deeply ingrained systematic state-sanctioned crime,’ Ms Lin told a parliamentary inquiry into human organ trafficking. She is pictured at the Miss World Canada pageant competition in 2015
‘These Chinese citizens are on display, they might have never consented to their body being there,’ she said.
‘In Australia you would never allow any Australian citizen to have their body on display if they don’t agree to it.’
But the CEO of the exhibition Tom Zaller called on her to present proof of her claims.
‘The people of Australia should not be censored. They should decide for themselves the educational value of Real Bodies The Exhibition,’ he said.
The parliamentary inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transport Tourism public hearing was held at Parliament House on Friday June 18.
The CEO of the exhibition Tom Zaller called on Ms Lin to present proof of her claims (pictured is an exhibit)