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Response to We the People Petition on Organ Harvesting in China
Thank you for signing a petition about organ harvesting in China.
The U.S. government opposes illegal or unethical harvesting or trafficking of human organs. We have urged China to cease harvesting organs from executed prisoners and have raised this issue with senior Chinese officials. China's leaders have announced a pledge to abolish the practice of taking human organs for transplant from executed prisoners, although we are aware of continued reports of such practices. We take such allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and the actions that Chinese authorities take to fulfill this commitment.
The Chinese government's human rights practices and treatment of Falun Gong practitioners remain causes for concern. Since 1999, the Secretary of State has designated China as a "Country of Particular Concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom. As reported in the State Department's 2013 Country Report on Human Rights Practices and the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report, the Chinese government's respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom have deteriorated.