Working with China: U.S. needs to push back against China’s growing dominance

By David Kilgour | David vs. David Diplomats, politicians and business leaders sometimes overlook that China is its peoples, cultures and history far more than its unelected government. The criticisms many of us at home and abroad make are of the party-state governance, not the long-suffering citizens. Mao remains the overarching governance icon. Jung Chang and…

White House Responds to Petition on Organ Harvesting in China

BY THE EPOCH TIMES Late on a Friday afternoon the White House responded to a petition submitted to their “We the People” site about 3 years ago that called for investigating and publicly condemning organ harvesting from Falun Gong believers in China. The White House should be praised for publicly condemning the organ harvesting from…

Double Speak Governs China’s Transplant Policy

BY EPOCH TIMES “What everyone wants to know about your announcement is the extent of its limitation of prisoner organs,” asked the host of China Central Television, China’s flagship propaganda television station, of Huang Jiefu, the country’s top transplantation official, in an attitude of faux-earnestness. In December Huang had made a remarkable announcement: that organs…

Data Shows 865 Institutes Involved With Live Organ Harvesting in China

by Ben Grinberg, Vision Times Thee Chinese government makes no secret of its use of organs from non-willing inmates on death row, but did you know it’s secretly been getting organs from living victims too, and the majority of them are prisoners of conscience? The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) just…

Organ Pillaging, Torture & the 610 Office

BY THE EPOCH TIMES Investigators into allegations of involuntary organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners estimate that 62,000 were murdered in hospitals across China for their lucrative body parts during the period 2000-2008. The involuntary harvesting of organs continues in China, and investigators believe practitioners remain the main source of organs used for transplant…

UN Human Rights Commissioner: Take the in Lead Opposing Organ Piliaging in China

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH, the international human rights group made up of physicians and advocates for ethical organ procurement, has penned an open letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, calling on him to use his influence to oppose and end the…

China Expert Talks About His New Book ‘The Slaughter’

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,…

Disclosure in China of the killing of Falun Gong for their organs

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.

‘Bodies’ of the Persecuted

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.