World Says No to Forced Organ Harvesting in China

PHOTO2-Petition-New_YorkBy Epoch Times | December 25, 2013

The end of 2013 saw a wave of efforts by individuals and governments to condemn the practice of forced organ harvesting in China, suggesting 2014 will see more being done to stop this crime against humanity.

The most visible sign of this new momentum was a petition circulated by the human rights group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting.

Addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, the petition asks the high commissioner: to call for “an immediate end of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China,” to initiate investigations that will lead to the prosecution of those responsible, and to call upon the Chinese government to end the persecution of Falun Gong.

Nearly 1.5 million (1.48) people in 53 countries on 5 continents signed thepetition, which was delivered to the high commissioner’s office in Geneva on Dec. 9.

Blogger in China Mentions Organ Harvesting and Is Arrested

155218105_China_laptops-676x450A blogger from Shanxi Province in north-central China was recently arrested for warning on Weibo (a twitter-like platform popular in China) that forced organ harvesting has been occurring in the area in which he lives.

Mr. Han, 41 years old, is from Wenshui County. He used his cellphone to blog the information of several cases of people being killed for their organs recently in Wenshui and Qingxu counties.

The information had been posted 253 times when he was apprehended. When police arrested Mr. Han, they claimed the blog could cause people to panic.

In September China’s top judicial authorities issued new regulations according to which someone may be jailed if a blog post is forwarded more than 500 times. The broadly worded regulations criminalize “rumor mongering” in the name of preventing harm “to the social order or the national interests.”

History on View in Strasbourg: MEPs Speak for Resolution Condemning Organ Harvesting in China (+Video)

1312121451321947_Kelam_introducesBy Epoch Times | December 14, 2013

The European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France on Dec. 12 passed a resolution that condemns the practice of forced organ harvesting in China.

This video shows a selection of European Parliament members speaking in the debate in support of the resolution.

The resolution received broad-based support from five different political groups. Parliament members gave a variety of reasons for their votes, but came back to a few themes: the moral necessity of opposing the practice of forced organ harvesting; support for basic human rights; the good of the Chinese people; and the need for Europeans not to be complicit in these crimes.

Celebrating International Human Rights Day

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LOS ANGELES—On Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) held a press conference in front of the People’s Republic of China consulate in Los Angeles.

“1.5 million people from more than 50 countries and 160 U.S. Congress members call upon the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to press China for an immediate end to forced organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners,” said spokesman Dana Churchill at the event.

DAFOH is a nonprofit organization founded by medical doctors from all over the world to stop unethical and illegal organ harvesting.

DAFOH and supporters held press conferences in numerous cities, including New York City, Geneva, Sydney, Bangkok, Toronto, Geneva, Ottawa, and Los Angeles, to announce the results of this petition effort. Germany’s Hamburg city officials were persuaded by Chinese officials to disallow a similar public press conference at the Hamburg Chinese consulate.

Discussion at French National Assembly: Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

France_forum_3-370x450By Epoch Times | December 11, 2013

PARIS—A panel discussion on organ transplant trafficking and tourism at the French National Assembly addressed the ethical issues involved in organ trafficking abroad, and, in particular, in China.

The panel, which took place Nov. 27, was led by Member of Parliament for the Bouches-du-Rhône Valérie Boyer and by Dr. Harold King, contact person in France for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting(DAFOH). The conference gave the floor to professors and French surgeons.

Medical professionals took part in the discussion: Professor Francis Navarro, transplant surgeon at the Montpellier University Hospital; Professor Didier Sicard, former President of the National Consultative Ethics Committee; Professor Belghiti, transplant surgeon at Beaujon University Hospital; Professor Yves Chapuis, member of the Académie de Médecine, former surgeon, and a pioneer of organ transplantation in France; and Professor Patrick Pessaux, transplant surgeon at the Strasbourg University Hospital.

1.5 Million in 53 Countries Say ‘No’ to Organ Harvesting in China

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By Epoch Times | December 10, 2013

A grass-roots movement that has spanned 5 continents and 53 countries reached a climax Monday morning in Geneva when a delegation from the organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting formally presented to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights a petition that has garnered almost 1.5 million signatures. The presentation was timed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, which falls on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The petition asks the high commissioner to call for “an immediate end of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China,” to initiate investigations that will lead to the prosecution of those responsible for this crime against humanity and to call upon the Chinese government to end the persecution of Falun Gong.

In a one and one-half hour meeting in a conference room in the U.N.’s Motta Building, Torsten Trey, M.D., executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), along with three doctors and three lawyers from six countries and three continents, presented a letter for the high commissioner and briefed the high commissioner’s staff on the forced organ harvesting taking place in China.

Petitioning in Bangkok to End Organ Harvesting in China

IMG_7779-676x450By Epoch Times | December 10, 2013

BANGKOK—The 30-something Thai woman waiting at the Bangkok bus station didn’t want to know what the young Chinese woman was asking her to sign, and so brushed her off with a shake of her head.

“I spoke a little bit of Thai but I think she suspected we were those people who want money or a donation,” said Feng Xiaoxin, a 25-year-old woman originally from southern China’s Guangdong Province who was collecting signatures to condemn state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.

“[The Thai woman] just shook her head but after I showed her pictures and then she saw the petition form and read the information in the Thai language—she then finally understood, and wow her reaction was—she changed completely and she then asked the other people waiting for the bus to sign the petition and asked the police nearby to sign it also.”

Irwin Cotler Aims to Curb Gruesome Trade

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PARLIAMENT HILL, Ottawa—Liberal MP Irwin Cotler has introduced a bill to crackdown on those who trade in human organs, take part in organ harvesting, or get a transplant without making sure the organs were willingly donated.

With the relative ease of organ transplants, a new and gruesome trade has arisen around the life-and-death operations and organs that make them possible.

It’s a brave new world, without regulation and very little oversight outside of the professional associations of surgeons and transplant professionals that have begun addressing the issue. But while the medical community has started to face this new reality, most governments have not. It’s a situation Cotler’s bill aims at addressing for Canadians.

Hong Kong Hospital Keeps Organ Harvesting Evidence Secret

Queen_Mary_Hospital_David_Matas-676x450By  | December 10, 2013

HONG KONG—Queen Mary Hospital is home to a database of China’s liver transplants that holds evidence that can be used to help expose the practice of forced, live organ harvesting in China.

“The Chinese Communist Party government is covering up this crime, and part of … [the coverup] is taking place at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital,” said Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas at a Nov. 28 forum held in Hong Kong by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization.

The database is closed to the public, but it wasn’t always that way, according to Matas who has spent years investigating the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.

Chinese Blind Spot – by Ethan Gutmann

BY ETHAN GUTMANN Investigating Chinese surveillance is a rather lonely job. For all the dissidents yammering about dramatic arrests and torture and harvesting of organs, you can’t really guarantee publication or much of an audience unless you can prove that there are links to America: brand name corporations, scary cutting-edge U.S. technology, insidious Washington collusion. That’s…

China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest – The whole world isn’t watching – by Ethan Gutmann

NOV 24, 2008, VOL. 14, NO. 10 • BY ETHAN GUTMANN

Bangkok

The jeepney driver sizes us up the minute we climb in. My research assistant is a healthy, young Israeli dude, so I must be the one with the money. He addresses his broken English to me: “Girl?”

No. No girls. Take us to the …

“Ladyboy? Kickboxer?”

No. No ladyboy, no kickboxer, thanks. I may be a paunchy, sweaty, middle-aged white guy, but I’m here to–well, actually, I am on my way to meet a Chinese woman in a back alley. She is going to tell me intimate stories of humiliation, torture, and abuse. And the truly shameful part is that after 50 or so interviews with refugees from Chinese labor camps, I won’t even be listening that closely.