LONDON—During a pause in the current world tour by authors of books on organ harvesting, the Chinese regime announced it will end the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners by Jan. 1, 2015. As well as being in the middle of the authors’ tour of the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the announcement, made on Dec.…Details
BY STUART DERDEYN, THE PROVINCE Vancouver-based filmmaker Leon Lee of Flying Cloud Productions has won first prize in the Viewster Online Film Festival (VOFF4) for his film Davids & Goliath, a documentary exposé of illegal human-organ harvesting in China. The prize is worth $50,000 and the film was selected by a panel of three industry…Details
By Hon. David Kilgour, J.D. Author Ethan Gutmann worries that, in a period when 900 non-fiction words are allegedly the maximum busy people will read on topics beyond their own range of experience, his 355-page book will not obtain the wide readership the heroes, victims, and scoundrels presented throughout it deserve. In reality, his work…Details
By VISION TIMES Another top officer is being investigated for graft in the People’s Liberation Army, but the extent of her corruption may run much deeper than is being publicly admitted by the Chinese Communist Party. Major General Gao Xiaoyan, 57, stands accused of taking bribes during the construction of facilities at the 309 Hospital…Details
by David Matas Does human rights education help to realize the human rights of the most vulnerable groups? International Conference on Human Rights Education, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC. Human rights education spreads the language of human rights to everyone, perpetrators as well as victims. This vocabulary can be and has been…Details
By Rosemary Byfield, Epoch Times Ethan Gutmann began the official U.K. promotion of his new book ‘The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem’ in the Word Power Books in Edinburgh on Thursday, Nov. 27. The book is a powerful record of the emergence of new methods of repression,…Details
By Ethan Gutmann Welsh National Assembly briefing November 26, 2014 / Photo by Si Gross For those who engage in primary research on the organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, this hearing comes at the end of a particularly ominous year. Winter saw the fatal collapse of two years of Western medical engagement…Details
“One thing that Wales can do is say to its own transplant professionals: No contact with Chinese transplant professionals. Say to Chinese transplant professionals: No access to Welsh transplant professionals until there is acknowledgement, not just accountability in the future, but accountability of the past.” – David Matas Photo: David Kilgour, Ethan Gutmann & David…Details
by David Matas
UK Parliament briefing session 25 November, 2014 / Welsh National Assembly briefing November 26, 2014 / Photo by Roger Luo
I have been asked to address new developments on the killing of Falun Gong for their organs. As time goes by and organ transplant abuse in China continues, the pace of new developments accelerates. Given the time I have, I will mention only one new development, the officially sanctioned disclosure in China, two weeks ago, of evidence of organ transplant abuse.
Official access in China to evidence of Chinese organ transplant abuse happened once before, at the time of the power struggle between the then Chongqing mayor Bo Xilai and then Premier Wen Jiabao factions within the Communist Party. The attempted defection of Bo Xilai henchman Wang Lijun in February 2012 to the American consulate in Chengdu and the scramble between Bo Xilai and President Hu Jintao to get Wang Lijun back led to a temporary lifting, in March 2012, of the Chinese internet blockage of work that David Kilgour and I had done showing that Falun Gong were being killed for their organs.Details
By Sam Rosenthal / Photo Wikimedia Commons
Extensive evidence suggests that both of the popular “Bodies: The Exhibition” and “Body Worlds” exhibits, which tour major cities across the world, have displayed and may continue to display the plastinated remains of Chinese practitioners of the Falun Gong, a spiritual belief rooted in Buddhism. In 1999, the Chinese government arrested and imprisoned Falun Gong believers by the thousands.
Masha Savitz’s debut documentary, “Red Reign,” chronicles the efforts of David Matas, a Jewish-Canadian human rights lawyer who has fought to expose the Chinese government’s systematic imprisonment, slaughter and for-profit organ harvesting of these prisoners. In 2010 Matas was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his investigation of the Falun Gong imprisonment.
With a rabbi for a father and an artist for a mother, Savitz spent her formative years in Parsippany, New Jersey. A Boston University graduate, she taught at religious schools to earn a living before attaining a Masters in Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University. With her background in journalism as a writer for The Epoch Times, Savitz grew interested in filmmaking, and became an important advocate for the community of spiritual practitioners who have suffered human rights abuses of the worst kind.Details
By Ming Chen, MD
When this month’s elections gave the Republican Party control of Congress, both President Obama and incoming congressional leaders pledged themselves to try and find ways to work together despite their political differences. But an opportunity to demonstrate that kind of leadership doesn’t need to wait until the next Congress is sworn in; in fact, that will be too late.
House Resolution 281 condemns a little-known but brutal practice in the People’s Republic of China known as “forced organ harvesting”: transplant organs are taken, without consent, from inmates in Chinese prisons, typically from people imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs.
This practice, which began 30 years ago and has continued despite dissembling and evasions from Chinese officials, has been extensively documented by journalists and human rights advocates. Among other things, this gruesome practice is a cash cow for China’s state-run hospitals: Chinese patients and wealthy “medical tourists” from abroad will pay between $60,000 and $100,000 for more common transplants, while organs like hearts and livers fetch prices as high as $350,000.Details
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.
“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.Details
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.
By Omid Ghoreishi, Epoch Times
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.Details
By NTD Television
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?”Details
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.
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.Details
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…Details
BY 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.Details
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.