Police across China are bursting into the homes of Falun Gong practitioners and forcing them to give blood samples in order to set up a DNA database, said a report published last week on a human rights website. The police are believed to be doing the testing in order to expand the list of potential donors whose organs may be taken for forced harvesting.
A July 19 article on the Falun Gong-run website Minghui.org lists over 25 incidents, some involving as many as 10 practitioners, in Liaoning, Guizhou, Hebei, and Hunan provinces, as well as in Beijing. These provinces are dispersed geographically, stretching from the far northeast of the country to the southwest.
In a typical incident, Falun Gong practitioners report police breaking into their homes and extracting blood against their will, sometimes forcibly.
An investigation in 2006 into forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners by international human rights lawyer David Matas and the Canadian M.P. David Kilgour uncovered how practitioners held in labor camps were selected by authorities for the drawing of blood and other tests. Kilgour and Matas’s report was later published as the book Bloody Harvest.
The testing done was consistent with determining someone’s suitability as an organ donor, according to Bloody Harvest. Nonpractitioners held in the camps were not chosen for these expensive tests.
Kilgour and Matas listed this testing as one piece of evidence supporting the conclusion that practitioners detained in China were being used as a live organ bank.
In a phone interview, Matas volunteered that he had never before heard of practitioners who were not in detention having their blood drawn.
“These tests are presumptively for organ harvesting, unless the authorities provide an alternative explanation, which they haven’t done,” Matas said.