UPDATE: A FORCIBLY harvested lung is worth up to $170,000.

Annie Zhao still has her organs but the reality of China's forced organ harvesting is one she was faced with while imprisoned for more than four years.

Ms Zhao and her family now call Australia home but a dark past of torture and torment inside a Chinese labour camp compelled her to bring awareness of the illegal practice to Ipswich regions today.

Falun Dafa Association of Australia president Lucy Zhao said the tour was aimed to help Australians better understand the situation in China.

"We want the Australian Government to pass a resolution similar to the US and European Parliament urging China to stop the organ harvesting and persecution of Falun Gong. If enough Australians show that they care, the resolution is more likely to happen,' Ms Zhao said.

So far, over 20,000 postcards have been sent to the Prime Minister and other members of Parliament across Australia.

Annie Zhao is a Falun Gong practitioner, a peaceful meditation practice with spiritual and physical benefits and founded in ancient Chinese culture.

It was banned in 1999 by former leader Jiang Zemin for fear of its ideological competition and its independence, popularity, and traditional spiritual content.

Over 100 million practitioners' organs were considered healthy and highly sought after and forcibly harvested in labour camps.

They were seen as a lucrative source of organ transplants for wealthy Chinese and foreigners who would otherwise have to wait years for a suitable organ in their own country.

"Falun Gong is the cultivation practice of the mind and the heart," organiser Ying Zhou said.

"The leader was fearful of loss of control of Chinese minds so he tried to stop the practice of Falun Gong.

"Those who continued to practice were put in a labour camp, or jail , or prison."

Lungs, corneas, livers, hearts and kidneys are taken from hundreds of thousands of prisoners.

Ms Zhao tells of years of torture in a labour camp where was shocked with electric batons, deprived of sleep, forced to stand for hours on end, and was strapped to a board by her hands and feet and force fed.

Her family endured the labour camps for 23 years.

"When I was tied up they did blood tests and organ tests and to see if they matched with someone else and then they would try to get my organs out," she said.

"But luckily it didn't match and I'm still alive.

"We want to raise awareness to stop this organ harvesting in China and end persecution in China and really let everyone know how to support us."

Protests on Brisbane Street in West Ipswich to stop live organ harvesting.  Annie Zhao, Julia Yu, and Ying Zhou.
Protests on Brisbane Street in West Ipswich to stop live organ harvesting. Annie Zhao, Julia Yu, and Ying Zhou. Rob Williams

 

EARLIER: A STRONG message against forced organ harvesting in China hit the streets of Ipswich this morning.

The Stop Organ Harvesting road trip aimed to raise awareness of the Chinese practice and travelled through Ipswich to Gatton, Toowoomba, Dalby and Roma.

"We are raising public awareness to stop organ harvesting in China so we want help to stop these things from happening in China," organiser Ying Zhou said.

Forced organ harvesting involves the removal of a liver, heart or cornea from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

The health benefits of Falun Gong, a form of meditation, meant practitioners' healthy organs were highly sought after.

Their organs were harvested and used as a lucrative source of organ transplants for wealthy Chinese and foreigners who would otherwise have to wait years for a suitable organ in their own country.



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