• The UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday that China is engaged in widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted Falun Gong and Uighur's.
  • The China Tribunal made the accusation at the council's meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. It said Uighur Muslims and the Falun Gong  were affected.
  • The China Tribunal is a group backed by an Australian human rights charity that's investigating the issue.
  • A lawyer for the group said China was "cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people," describing the situation as a horror, a murderous democide, and an atrocity.
  • China has denied large-scale harvesting of organs. It has acknowledged using executed prisoners' organs in the past but says it stopped in 2015, according to Reuters.
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China was accused on Tuesday of harvesting human organs from persecuted groups in the country.
The China Tribunal, a group that's investigating the organ harvesting, said at a tense meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council that the Chinese government was taking hearts, kidneys, lungs, and skin from Uighur Muslims and members of the Falun Gong.
The China Tribunal describes itself as an "independent, international people's tribunal, and was backed by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, an Australian human rights charity made up of lawyers, academics, and medical professionals.
China has denied carrying out mass harvesting of organs in any circumstance.
Addressing UN representatives, a lawyer for the China Tribunal, Hamid Sabi, said the group had proof of the organ harvesting.
Sabi said the group had found that Chinese government was committing "crimes against humanity" by harvesting organs from the Uighurs and members of Falun Gong.