Tuesday, March 31, 2009

China's new hi-tech deathvans

Yesterday Jeff sent me a link to an article titled, China's hi-tech 'death van' where criminals are executed and then their organs are sold on black market, which is both ghoulish and ghastly. China has resurrected a Nazi-era scheme for cheaper executions and woven that into their thriving organ transplant market.

Here are some chilling statistics:
-China executed 1,715 people last year.

-The number of executions is expected to rise to a staggering 10,000 people this year (not an impossible figure given that at least 68 crimes - including tax evasion and fraud - are punishable by death in China).

-Chinese hospitals perform up to 20,000 organ transplants each year. A kidney transplant in China costs £5,000, but can rise to £30,000 if the patient is willing to pay more to obtain an organ quickly.

-With more than 10,000 kidney transplants carried out each year, fewer than 300 come from voluntary donations.

Like the death penalty wasn't bad enough without a profit motive. Wow, I can't wait until the mainlanders re-take this island. Everything will be so much more efficient when we don't have to worry about human rights at all.

I wish Taiwan would get into the twenty-first century and abolish capital punishment. This is one area where Taiwan has a chance of differentiating itself from China in the eyes of the international community. You wouldn't think it would be so hard, it's rarely used here anymore, however I don't think holding my breath would be a wise idea.


flames said...

Dude, you made Turton's list for the first time in a while. Harvesting organs is all it took.

Karl said...

How many people are executed in Taiwan each year?

Sean Reilly said...

Well Karl, according to Wikipedia, "Before 2000, Taiwan had a relatively high execution rate when some strict laws were still in effect in the harsh political environment. However after some controversial cases during the 1990s plus former President Chen Shui-bian's attitude towards abolition, the number of executions dropped significantly since 1998, with only three executions in 2005 and none since 2006." Of course under the new, more traditional, and Chicom-lovin' administration who knows what will happen to that figure.