A Bipartisan, Human Rights Issue that Congress Needs to Address

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.

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.

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.

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.

PA House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Forced Organ Harvesting in China

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At Friends of Falun Gong, we applaud the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ passage of House Resolution 1052 with a vote of 198 to zero. The short title of the resolution on the PA General Assembly website is: “A Resolution encouraging the medical community of this Commonwealth to help raise awareness of unethical organ transplant practices in China.”

A special thanks to Representative Mathew E. Baker, the primary sponsor of the resolution, and the other representatives who cosponsored HR 1052: Becky Corbin, Ryan P. Aument, Vanessa Lowery Brown, Tim Mahoney, W. Curtis Thomas, David R. Millard, Tina M. Davis, R. Lee James, Tina Pickett, Rob W. Kauffman, Sandra Major, RoseMarie Swanger, Todd Rock, Thaddeus Kirkland, Mark M. Gillen, Thomas P. Murt, and Thomas R. Caltgirone.

Military Health Minister Says Jiang Zemin Culprit Of Organ Harvesting

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Former Health Minister of the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personally confirmed that former Chinese President Jiang Zemin ordered live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. These organs were used for transplants according to telephone records recently released by World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG). The telephone record also confirmed that the organ harvesting crimes have been jointly committed by the judicial system, the military, armed police and local medical institutions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). WOIPFG says the recordings expose only a small part of the findings of the entire investigation process. A more complete series of evidence will be soon submitted to the International Tribunal.

Since 2006 when the CCP was exposed for organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners for the first time, the CCP Authorities have publicly denied the allegations with the excuse of “insufficient evidence.” They turned their backs and attacked innocent Falun Gong, saying the accusations were fabricated rumors. The outside world also did not pay full attention to this event due to the bloodiness and sensitive nature of the subject.

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: Organ Harvesting from Chinese Prisoners

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: October 1, 2014) – In recent years investigators have revealed a systemic practice by the Chinese government to use the organs from executed prisoners of conscience for transplantation. Many victims of this practice are members of the persecuted religious group Falun Gong. A week ago, September 19th, 2014,…

Italian Congress Shows the Double Face of Organ Transplantation

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ROME—The congress of the Italian Society of Organ Transplantation (SITO) concluded in Siena, Italy, end September. Doctors and professional workers shared with the public the reality of a sensitive issue. From one side, Italy is one of the most advanced medical countries in the world, from another side, there is still poor information about the illegal organs’ market, which flourishes in some regions of the world.

Speakers who took turns on stage showed the same desire: give an organ to about 9,000 patients on the Italian waiting list. “We could do more,” said Professor Franco Citterio, SITO President, during an interview with Epoch Times.  “We see that when people are informed, the number of donations increases.”

Professor Citterio recalled the 20th anniversary of Nicholas Green’s death – the 7 year old American boy killed by mistake by the Mafia in southern Italy. His parents’ altruistic decision to donate his organs, saving thus seven people, was widely publicized by media.  The donation figures increased dramatically in Italy from that day, which reached 2,841 transplants in 2013.

The First Criminals in Live Organ Harvesting Announced

The First Criminals in Live Organ Harvesting Announced BY NTDTV

Since organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners was first revealed in 2006, the relevant evidence and information about the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) crimes have continued to be exposed. WOIPFG, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, announced the first list of medical staff alleged to have participated in live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. They are either the suspects committing genocide and murder or witnesses.

WOIPFG announced on Sept. 27 the first list of alleged organizations and members of 228 hospitals and 1,814 medical staff in China.

WOIPFG stated, whereas the CCP has committed the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity by its persecution of Falun Gong, live organ harvesting is a serious breach of medical ethics and of any law enacted by mankind. Therefore, any individual participating in organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners or prisoners of conscience must take full responsibility for their actions. These accused doctors, nurses, anesthetists, and etc., prior to providing credible and reliable evidence to prove his or her innocence, should be regarded as suspects committing genocide, murder or witnesses.

Letters: Stop forced organ harvesting in China

118292466Thank you, Tribune, for your work through the years to help us all be more aware of events and concerns in our state, nation and our world.

Thank you to all four Utah congressmen, who were among the first of a total of 215 Representatives who have co-sponsored H. Res. 281 “expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”

Thank you to the U. of U. Hinckley Institute for hosting the forum Sept. 19, “Forced Organ Harvesting in China and its Effect on the U.S.”

Letters: Resolution on China can save lives

IMG8836674Condemnation of organ harvesting co-sponsored by Petri and Ribble

I’d like to sincerely thank Rep. Tom Petri and Rep. Reid Ribble for co-sponsoring House Resolution 281.

We are probably all well aware of the human rights violations committed in China by the communist regime. This has weighed heavily on my mind. Sipping tea and reading through my favorite forums, I discovered an article regarding state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China. I was shocked.

Although it may be difficult to believe, the Chinese communist state forcibly removes organs from prisoners of conscience for a very lucrative transplantation industry.

The victims of what has been called “a new form of evil on this planet” are just like you and I — normal people. The vast majority of those who have died on the operating table are those who practice Falun Gong, a traditional meditation/spiritual practice that incorporates gentle exercises and promotes truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. By 1999, it was estimated that over 70 million people in China were practicing Falun Gong.

David Matas Combatting in Utah

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(Remarks prepared for delivery to the University of Utah, 19 September, 2014)

I want today to address two topics, the evidence about the killing of Falun Gong for their organs and what Utah can do about it.

  1. Evidence

I am a lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in private practice. My clients are primarily refugee claimants seeking protection in Canada. I have been engaged in this professional work for almost all of my professional career.

 

Because my clients flee human rights violations, I have become familiar through my work with the human rights situation in many countries, including China. I try, as best I can, not only to assist my clients in obtaining protection, but also to combat the human rights violations which caused them to flee. In addition to tribunal and court work for individual clients, I have become involved in research, writing, advocacy and activism in the broader human rights scene.

Missouri Representatives Unanimously Support Res. 281

BY MICHELLE DING More than 1,000 Missourians signed a petition last year calling on the U.S. Congress to help stop an unimaginable crime in China: forced organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience — especially practitioners of the persecuted Falun Gong meditation. With the strong bipartisan support of 215 congressional co-sponsors, a pending House resolution…

Chinese organ harvesting targets political, religious prisoners

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Journalist Ethan Gutmann recently delved into one of China’s darkest secrets: the Chinese Communist Party’s monstrous live organ harvesting practice.

In March 2006, the first word about live organ harvesting escaped China, when a surgeon’s ex-wife fled from China to reveal that Chinese authorities in a concentration camp in Sujiatun, China murdered Falun Gong practitioners for their organs. She stated that the organs are removed at a nearby hospital (the Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine) while the practitioners were still alive. Her husband said that most of them were strong and healthy and breathing when their organs were removed. Her husband confirmed that the prisoners at the Sujiatun camp were all Falun Gong practitioners, and since the Chinese Communist Party deemed the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners as “suicide,” the hospitals were free to remove organs without formal procedures.

Chinese Doctors Involved in Cambodian Organ Trafficking Scheme

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An organ trafficking ring operating out of a Cambodian military hospital was broken up in August, as Cambodian police made nine arrests, including at least one Chinese doctor and professor who acted as a consultant and trainer for the group.

State-led organ harvesting is common in the People’s Republic of China, especially involving military hospitals, but until now has remained confined to the PRC.

“This isn’t the exact China model of organ harvesting spreading to other countries—it’s not going that far,” said Dr. Torsten Trey, the executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a medical advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “However, it seems that there is a systematic approach to foster organ trafficking in areas where there was no organ trafficking before.”

The Chinese doctor who was scooped up in the raid was there training local doctors in organ transplants—a practice that in China primarily targets death row prisoners and prisoners of conscience, researchers said.

Body Theft: An Ongoing Exhibition

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 11.46.54BY CHRISTINE FORD

Dead human bodies are being injected with plastic and sent on a world tour, making German anatomist Gunther von Hagens extremely wealthy. So, what is wrong with that, you ask? Must be educational?

The Body World exhibition, as it is called, has been on a world tour for decades, but the snag is, claims have been made that the bodies of executed Chinese prisoners – which include prisoners of conscience – are spliced open and put on display around the world for the paying public, which includes many school groups.

An investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann is an expert on the topic of forced organ harvesting in China, where prisoners of conscience, mostly Falun Gong practitioners – a peaceful spiritual discipline- are killed for their organs.

He challenges von Hagen to allow the dead bodies in the exhibition to be DNA tested. “We now have a show which is travelling around which may have the DNA of murdered prisoners of conscience,” Gutmann said in an interview with NTD Television. “I’m not an expert, but these look Chinese.”

“There is another Body show going around the world. It’s actually bigger. It’s run by Von Hagens’s former manager Sui Hongjin,” Gutmann said in a statement, which was read out to the press and public.