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China: Prisoners

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 962, tabled on 16 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question HL17757 on China: Prisoners, if he will publish the evidence relating to organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China provided to his Department by (a) the World Health Organisation and (b) other international organisations.

Answered on

23 October 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international organisations act independently of the British Government, and as such we cannot disclose, nor oblige them to disclose, the details of their work. Our most recent consultation with the WHO relating to organ harvesting in China took place on 15 May.

We consult and share assessments with a wide range of human rights and international organisations on the basis of confidentiality. In order to maintain working relationships with these organisations, we do not publish details of discussions between them and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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