Kill the Chicken to Scare the Monkey
Capital Punishment has been a FUNDAMENTAL TOOL TO INSTILL FEAR AND ELIMINATE DISSENT since the CCP first came to power. Political campaigns against accused enemies of the State have sent TENS OF THOUSANDS TO THEIR DEATHS.
Top Party officials sanctioned and even encouraged MASS EXECUTIONS, but most deaths occurred far from major cities and under the direct enforcement of local authorities and paramilitary groups.
Until very recently, EXECUTIONS WERE HIGHLY PUBLICIZED EVENTS. Guards paraded prisoners past the public, both TO HUMILIATE THE ACCUSED AND SEND A MESSAGE. Execution by gunshot occurred either on the spot or nearby.
Occasional REPORTS OF PUBLIC EXECUTIONS CONTINUE, particularly for condemned minorites in remote areas, far from international attention.
Worth More Dead Than Alive
The trade of ORGANS REMOVED FROM EXECUTED PRISONERS has become a lucrative product of the Laogai system. Officials insist that all prisoners willingly “donate” their organs, but FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEE THE REMAINS of their loved ones until after cremation.
Testimony from Laogai survivors CONFIRMS THAT ORGAN HARVESTING OCCURS REGULARLY without the permission of the condemned, and some reports even suggest that prisoners are EXECUTED SOLELY FOR THEIR ORGANS.
A Macabre Market
Executions in China Today
The CCP GUARDS ITS STATISTICS on capital punishment more closely now than ever in its history. CLASSIFIED AS “STATE SECRETS,” it is impossible to know how many executions the Laogai machine performs every year.
LETHAL INJECTION has become the preferred method of execution in China. With DOCTORS INCREASINGLY SERVING AS EXECUTIONERS, the move towards chemical death makes it easier for officials to profit from executions. Many observers agree this has allowed CHINA’S ORGAN HARVESTING AND BODY TRADE INDUSTRY TO FLOURISH.