The Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and Transplant Tourism

by David Matas

Prepared for a side event to the Conference of States Parties, Vienna, Austria.

Does the Protocol on Trafficking in Persons of the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime encompass transplant tourism?  That is a question I want to address.  My answer to that question is yes.  Getting to that answer though takes some explaining.

I should state up front that, though this question is general, I approach it from quite a particular perspective.  I wrote a report with David Kilgour in June 2006 which concluded that prisoners of conscience in China, practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong, were being killed for their organs which were being sold at high prices to transplant patients, mostly transplant tourists.  We produced a second version in of our report in January 2007 and a third version in book form under the title Bloody Harvest in November 2009.   Our report prompted the founding of a non-governmental organization Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting or DAFOH.  I and Dr. Torsten Trey, the founder of DAFOH, co-edited a book of essays on organ transplant abuse in China published in August 2012 under the name State Organs. Ethan Gutmann, in research with Jaya Gibson, announced in June 2010, and, in a book titled The Slaughter published in August 2014, wrote that the killing of innocents for their organs had spread from Falun Gong to Tibetans, Eastern Lightning house Christians and Uighurs.

Medical Professionals Support Banning Organ Piliaging in China

By Minghui.org

“We are aware of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China,” an immunologist told Falun Gong practitioners at their petition campaign in Hannover, Germany on October 18, 2014.

Falun Gong practitioners collected signatures on the petition drafted by “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting” (DAFOH), and received support from local medical professionals in Hannover, the home of Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, one of the best German medical schools. The school plays a leading role in the field of organ transplantation.

The immunologist said, “I recently went to an organ transplant conference in Mannheim. A medical doctor at the conference, who practices Falun Gong, gave an excellent talk on the issue of organ harvesting in China.

Canadian Remedies for Organ Transplant Abuse in China

by David Matas

Presented to a forum at The National Archives, Ottawa

I want to express my appreciation for the remarks of Ethan Gutmann and Damon Noto.  I have been on this file for over eight years now and it is a relief to have colleagues as informed and articulate as Ethan and Damon joining me and David Kilgour in our efforts. 

Today I am not going to talk about the evidence.  I start with an assumption that you are either convinced by my colleague or at least troubled enough by what they said to want to do something about it. The question I want to address is what that something in Canada might be.

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Red Reign examines the shocking evidence of forced organ harvesting of China’s prisoners of conscience, the practitioners of Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, a spiritual practice rooted in Buddhism and introduced to the public in 1991, was banned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1999. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners were arrested, imprisoned and brutally tortured if they did not recant their beliefs of ‘truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.’ In 2006, a report by human rights lawyer David Matas, as well as David Kilgour, a former member of the Canadian Parliament, alleged that Falun Gong prisoners were being killed in order to harvest their organs for the lucrative government-run transplant business.

Filmmaker Masha Savitz zeroes in on the efforts of the Nobel Prize nominee David Matas, who wrote the book ‘Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong.’ Featuring interviews with Matas, David Kilgour, victims of the Falun Gong persecution and several doctors who share chilling transplant testimonies, as well as a filmmaker whose film on the topic was effectively quashed by the CCP in Canada, Europe, and the US, Red Reign makes a stunning case. An international story of tangled politics and economics intentionally suppressed by the Chinese, Red Reign shows how a large scale persecution of a minority people can still happen in our modern day society.

 

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Edmonton Man Wants PM to Ask for Release of Sister on China Trip

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EDMONTON—Robin Li’s sister, Hong Li, was arrested two years ago in China for practicing Falun Gong and was sent to prison.

Now Li, a Chinese-Canadian software engineer living in Edmonton, wants Prime Minister Stephen Harper to ask for the release of Hong Li publicly when he meets with Chinese authorities on his trip to China this week. He also wants Harper to ask for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong and the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs.

“The thought that my sister may be at risk of being killed for her organs makes me shiver to the bone,” Li said at a rally organized by the Falun Dafa Association of Edmonton at the Alberta Legislature on Nov. 4.

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, a traditional meditation practice, is severely persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party in China.

Investigations by former Edmonton MP David Kilgour and Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas, as well as American journalist and author Ethan Gutmann, show that the Chinese regime uses organs from prisoners of conscience, particularly Falun Gong, to sell for profit. The victims are kept alive only until their organs are sold, dying on the operating table to maximize the viability of their organs.

Dalian Corpse Factory Worker Exposes Inside Information

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Recently, a Chinese Korean Mr. Li gave inside information about the former Dalian corpse plant; which involved former Chongqing Secretary, Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai. Mr. Li said that he had been working at this factory for one and a half years.
Recently, a Chinese Korean Mr. Li said he personally experienced live organ harvesting and could testify when he saw in Seoul, the Falun Gong banners exposing organ harvesting and selling corpses.

Former corpse factory worker Mr. Li: “I can tell this plant was Bo Xilai wife’s plant. Once Bo was arrested, it was closed. I had been working there one and a half years. Nobody was allowed to enter without the specific card. Those allowed to enter the factory gave up our cell phones. Those who did not get the cards, had to pay up the phone. All were medical school graduates, wages were very high. I was responsible for assembling the livers. I dare to testify on this matter. ”

Mr. Li is currently working in South Korea. He said that normal people could not emotionally bear to be
in this corpse plant.

Mr. Li: “There was a special work shop to handle the dead: including boiling the dead like a bubbling pig in a big pond full of formalin syrup. They put two good specimens into one pool, but worse 4, 5 specimens into one pool. After that, they extracted all water and oil from the dead and injected chemical material. Eventually, it’s not like a human, but a tasteless and colorless plastic…..some are pregnant women, you know?”

Film on Organ Harvesting Wins Best Documentary

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By Zhou Hang & Zhang Xiaoqing, Epoch Times

“Davids and Goliath,” a film about organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China, won Best Documentary at the 9th Hamilton Film Festival in Hamilton, Canada.

“Davids and Goliath” focuses on the investigation into organ harvesting in China by Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour. The movie contains interviews with a number of patients who received transplanted organs in China.

“It is a fantastic documentary, really incredibly sad and horrifying. It left a good impression on all of us who watched it. So it was easy to select that one as the best documentary,” the administrative director of the Hamilton Film Festival, Nathan Fleet, said.

Article Quote: Film on Organ Harvesting Wins Best Documentary

In March 2006, two witnesses testified that practitioners of Falun Gong were being detained in Sujiatun, a suburb of Shenyang City, in northeastern China’s Liaoning Province. They said the detained practitioners were being held as a kind of live organ bank and would have their organs harvested when they matched a patient seeking a transplant. More testimonies followed afterward.

Chinese Transplant Congress Criticized Inside China

HK Falun GongBy Luo Ya, Epoch Times

The Chinese National Transplant Congress was held in a strangely low-key atmosphere, with relevant information only publicly available at the last minute. In the lead up to the conference, the location was changed to the city of Hangzhou and the date pushed back to Oct. 30.

In the weeks prior to the conference, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong released two consecutive reports on the CCP’s live organ harvesting atrocities.

The World Organization reported that the former Health Minister of the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personally confirmed that former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin ordered live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, and the Central Military Commission discussed organ harvesting among themselves.

The disclosure of this new evidence shocked the public in China that was able to access the news. Some Chinese people even directly protested the Congress, saying that they believed many of the participants are in fact butchers and executioners dressed in white coats.

New Policy Attempts to Hide Ongoing Crimes in China

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The doctor appointed to make excuses for forced organ harvesting in China has once again changed his story regarding the source of organs for transplantation. Unfortunately, new evidence developed from papers published by Chinese doctors gives the lie to the latest official claims about the sourcing of organs for transplant.

On Oct. 30, Huang Jiefu, director of the National Organ Transplantation Committee and former vice minister of Health, announced: “Organs voluntarily donated by citizens have become the only source of organ transplants in China. Now all hospitals in China have stopped taking organs from executed prisoners. The relevant laws that will fit the current organ transplant situation are being updated and revised.”

This strong statement indicating a change in the sourcing of organs did not last long before being qualified. On the website of the popular financial magazine Caixin, where Huang Jiefu’s claim was first reported, the first two sentences were quickly changed to “Chinese organ transplantation has entered a new stage of historical development when organs voluntarily donated by citizens become the only organ source. At present, all the hospitals in China are changing past practice.”

Over 215 House of Representatives Support H. Res. 281

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Following the European Parliament’s resolution passed last December, asking the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to immediately stop forced organ harvesting, the H. Res. 281 by U.S. Congress reported in July has also won support from 215 House of Representatives members.

The U.S. House Resolution 281 is gaining support from a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Asia and the Pacific, and is now awaiting a final vote.

The Resolution explicitly calls on the CCP to immediately end the practice of organ harvesting from all prisoners; demands an immediate end to the 15-year persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice and the immediate release of all Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience.

Chairman and Congressman Steve Chabot has indicated that the H. Res. 281 has won the support of the entire committee on Asia and the Pacific. He says forcibly harvesting organs against a person’s will is absolutely unacceptable and should be condemned.

Falun Gong Rally Calls On Harper to Speak Out on Organ Harvesting In China

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OTTAWA—Paul Li is afraid his father could be one of the thousands of Falun Gong adherents who disappear in jails and leave in bits and pieces, killed for his organs in a business that has shocked Canadian officials.

It’s a crime beyond belief, or at least it was when reports of the practice first emerged in 2006. After eight years of investigation the evidence has become overwhelming, say Canadian members of Parliament who have studied the issue.

“There is no question that this is happening, the practice has been verified several times,” said Liberal MP Judy Sgro to hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners at a rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Sgro has seconded a bill introduced by fellow Liberal Irwin Cotler that would effectively ban Canadians from travelling to China for organ transplants, something not uncommon in the Chinese-Canadian community according to transplant doctors in Toronto.

After her remarks at the rally, Sgro walked into the House of Commons to make a similar statement and convey the Falun Gong practitioners’ call for the prime minister to take action during his upcoming trip to China.

Military Hospitals Involved In Live Organ Harvesting (VIDEO)

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Former Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou has recently been officially charged with accepting huge bribes. Senior legal experts believe Xu Caihou’s crimes are way beyond corruption. Recently, World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) released evidence of the PLA General Logistics Department’s involvement in the live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. This involvement includes the list of relevant institutes and staff when Xu Caihou was in office.

Xinhua News Agency reported that Military Prosecutor’s Office has concluded the investigation of Xu Caihou’s accepting bribery on the 27th. Xu Caihou was said to have received extra large amounts of bribery and Xu also confessed to these crimes.

Chinese senior legal expert Zhao Yuanming indicated the core of Xu Caihou’s crimes is live organ harvesting and trafficking, being far more complicated than huge corruption.

Zhao Yuanming: Xu Caihou has been a high ranking official in the military for a very long time. He was deeply involved in the army in politics and logistics. He was a behind the scenes director in the Military’s role in live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. He was particularly appreciated by Jiang Zemin for that reason.

Forced Organ Harvesting in China Discussed in Edmonton

Kilgour_MatasBY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES

Alberta has a certain legendary appeal for Ethan Gutmann, having heard the province immortalized in the ever-influential “Four Strong Winds,” a song covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Neil Young and Johnny Cash.

But Gutmann, an American who now calls London, U.K. home, wasn’t in Edmonton to talk tunes, but something much more difficult to speak of.

The award-winning China analyst and contributor to prominent publications spent the past seven years researching state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China from prisoners of conscience, who are kept alive only until their organs are sold, dying on the operating table to maximize the viability of their organs.

Gutmann describes the procedure in the first chapter of his new book, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”

Organ Transplantation Experience in China is Ultimate Horror Story

IMG_0164-1024x682BY LU CHEN, EPOCH TIMES

A Taiwanese patient received a matched liver and a matched kidney within only a month in a hospital in a city in northern China, according to an exclusive interview on Oct. 30 by the New York-based, Chinese-language television network New Tang Dynasty.

The extremely short waiting time for organ transplants has made China the most popular country for transplantation tourism, in which patients from other countries travel to China for organ transplant surgeries. The average waiting time for a patient in the United States to receive a matched kidney is four to five years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in March.

The Taiwanese patient with cirrhosis went to China on a tourist visa and arrived at the Tianjin First Center Hospital in Tianjin City in September 2012.

The Slaughter: Canadian Book Tour Raises Awareness About China’s Illegal Organ Trade

BY THE EPOCH TIMES U.S. author Ethan Gutmann’s new book, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, is a riveting inside account of China’s booming organ transplant business and gives a glimpse into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of arrested dissidents while profiting from the sale…

Canada MPs: Forced Organ Removal in China Beyond Question

IMG7844BY MATTHEW LITTLE I EPOCH TIMES

OTTAWA, Canada—It’s no longer possible to deny the Chinese regime is killing political prisoners and prisoners of conscience for their organs, said Scott Reid, chair of the Canadian Parliament’s human rights subcommittee.

“Nobody could seriously doubt the nature of the problem, the size of the problem. What we call ‘plausible deniability’ is now gone,” said Reid.

Reid’s comments came after investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, and medical doctor Damon Noto, a spokesman for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, testified before the Canadian Parliament’s human rights subcommittee on Tuesday.

In sometimes gruesome detail, the two men outlined much of the current evidence of forced organ harvesting in China.

Gutmann recently released a book on the topic, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” in which he detailed how the practice began in Xinjiang Province where Uyghur Muslim political prisoners were executed and their organs removed.

Q&A: Author & Analyst Ethan Gutmann Discusses China’s Illegal Organ Trade

The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, is the latest from Ethan Gutmann, a veteran China analyst based in London, England.

The book investigates China’s secret program to eliminate dissidents — Falun Gong, Tibetans and Uyghurs — while profiting from the sale of their organs. The purchasers are often from Western countries.

The Slaughter provides personal accounts from top-ranking police officials, nurses, doctors who have killed prisoners on the operating table and refugees who came close to being killed.

Gutmann’s writing on China has been widely published. He’s testified before the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations. He’s speaking on panels across Canada on a tour that brings him to Toronto on Thursday.