by David Kilgour Speech given at the International Leadership Conference, co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF)-Japan and the Institute for Peace Policies (IPP). Keio Plaza Hotel. Tokyo, 16 Nov 2016 A fairly recent Nanos opinion survey across Canada indicated that 76 per cent of Canadians distrust the government in Beijing. I wonder what a similar…
BY HON. DAVID KILGOUR, J.D. 17-23 August, 2016 Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosting Congress In 2006, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China asked David Matas and me to investigate as volunteers seemingly bizarre but persistent claims of organ pillaging/trafficking from Falun Gong practitioners. We released two…
An unprecedented new report by a team of relentless investigators was published on June 22, 2016. The basis of the report is a meticulous examination of the transplant programs of hundreds of hospitals in China, drawing on media reports, official propaganda, medical journals, hospital websites and a vast amount of deleted websites found in archive. It…
NOTES FOR REMARKS ON NEW UPDATE ON ‘BLOODY HARVEST’ AND ‘THE SLAUGHTER’ Hon. David Kilgour, J.D. European Parliament, Brussels 29 June, 2016 For at least 15 years across China, there has been regime-sanctioned pillaging and trafficking in the vital organs of prisoners of conscience—overwhelmingly from practitioners of Falun Gong, but also Tibetans, Uyghurs and house…
BY DAVID KILGOUR Falun Dafa Day on Parliament Hill David Kilgour 10 May 2016 Ottawa This is the year when all of us across the world working in coalition can succeed in ending the pillaging/trafficking in the organs of prisoners of conscience across China. The inhuman commerce, organized by the party-state in Beijing, has been…
BY DAVID KILGOUR Second Annual Anti-Corruption Symposium of Canadians for Accountability in partnership. University of Ottawa 7 May 2016 The respected international NGO Transparency International (TI), which confronts corruption worldwide, is correct that none anywhere should be above the law or abuse voter-entrusted power for private gain. Corruption poses a threat to democracies and the…
David Matas & David Kilgour on “Two Davids & Goliath” at TEDxMünchen 2015 David Kilgour is co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, past chair of the Latin America and Caribbean policy working group of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian International Council, a director of the Washington-based Council for a Community of…
BY HON. DAVID KILGOUR, J.D. Let me begin with a confession. As a student in Paris in the late 60s, I was actually …an admirer of Mao. I even read his Little Red Book. He seemed kind in that famous photo, swimming in the Yangtze River. Many historians today, however, name Mao with Stalin and…
by Hon. David Kilgour, J.D International Conference on Religious Freedom In Honour of Hon. Shahbaz Bhatti A 2011 Pew Forum study estimated that Christians then numbered about 2.1 billion worldwide. According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with members in 38 countries, 80 per cent of all acts of religious…
by Hon. David Kilgour, J.D – Czech Republic Senate, Prague Permit me to say first that your late President Havel and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are two world leaders, whose causes and values I have long supported. The bringing of the one by the other to Prague is only one of their many acts…
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…
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…
By Hon David Kilgour
Embassy of China, 515 St. Patrick St. Ottawa
17 July 2014
Thanks to Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Paul Li, a survivor of the persecution, and to all of you for coming today to protest the crimes against humanity that have now continued for 15 years against Falun Gong practitioners across China.
Photo: Alex Neve of Amnesty International speaking at Chinese embassy in Ottawa on commemoration of 15 years of persecution of Falun Gong.
This event is part of a global mobilization marking the persecution of Falun Gong in China launched on July 20, 1999. I understand that vigils will be held across Canada and in various other rule of law countries around the world in front of Chinese embassies and consulates marking this day of shame.
By Hon David Kilgour
A lecture at the Taiwanese-Canada Association of Ottawa
It was a privilege to revisit Taipei in early April to support the “Sunflower Movement” and its well-founded concerns about Taiwan as a democratic and sovereign nation. Permit me to mention some points I made outside the Legislative Yuan:
- Public support for the Sunflower coalition of students, academics, civic organizations grew increasingly during three weeks of protest; one estimate was that a half million persons joined one support rally.
- Taiwan has become one of the strongest practitioners of multi-party democracy, pluralism, the rule of law, human dignity/equality, freedom of speech/assembly and independent media in Asia; this must not be lost now or ever.
- The occupation of the Legislative Yuan was precipitated by a trade-in- services agreement with China–both its substance and the undemocratic way the Ma government attempted to ram it through without due legislative consideration. Legislator Chang Ching-chung, the KMT chairman of a legislative committee, declared the clause-by-clause review of the pact completed after 30 seconds—a flagrant abuse of the Yuan’s procedural rules.
In the spring of 1989, following the death of the former reform-minded Party Secretary Hu Yaobang, hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents took their complaints about widespread party corruption and other governance issues to the streets. Shielded by the presence of numerous foreign journalists covering the visit to China’s capital by then President Mikhail Gorbachev of Russia, many also demanded democracy, the rule of law and freedom of media. Their courage inspired demonstrations in 80 cities across the country, and estimates that about 100 million persons from all walks of life participated in the protests.
Then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, who had twice been purged by hard-liner Mao and thus might have become a bridge to post-communism, pluralism and representative government, like his visitor Gorbachev, tragically opted instead to characterize events as a “counterrevolutionary riot.” Wuer Kaixi, one of the protest leaders, noted, “We repeatedly communicated to senior levels of the government that if they wished the students to withdraw they had to ‘give them a ladder to stand down’… or else they would not go.”
By Hon. David Kilgour, JD.
Athens June, 4, 2014
Mr. Chairman and honourable members,
It is a pleasure to be back in Greece, where your nation has had such a profound influence on so many of the world’s civilizations, including their philosophy, literature, art, sculpture, theatre, music and governance during about thirty centuries.
Falun Gong Persecution
Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) is a spiritual discipline which seeks to improve body and ethics. It contains features of traditional systems, like Chinese Qigong, Buddhism and Daoism (Taoism), combined with a set of gentle exercises. Because it grew astonishingly rapidly across China from its inception in 1992, the Party saw it as a threat, labeled it a cult, and commenced persecution against practitioners from mid-1999 to the present day.
Around a dozen MPs of all stripes attended festivities on Parliament Hill Wednesday to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong. The spiritual discipline was introduced to the public on May 13, 1992, in northeastern China by Mr. Li Hongzhi, and has since spread around the world.
To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as several MPs, sent greeting letters to the Falun Dafa Association of Canada. In his letter, Harper relayed a message of support for FDAC’s efforts to stop the suppression and persecution of adherents by the Chinese regime, which began in July 1999.
“Last year, our government was pleased to launch Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom to encourage the protection of religious minorities around the world so that all can practice their faith without fear of violence or repression. The Falun Dafa Association of Canada is a valued partner in these efforts,” Harper wrote.
by David Kilgour
Agudath Israel Congregation – Ottawa – 26 April 2014
Rabbi Barry Schlesinger and members of the congregation, Shalom Shabbat.Thank you for the honour of speaking to you this morning on the Numbers/Leviticus injunction ( 19:16): “Do not be indifferent to the bloodshed inflicted on your fellow man.” There are few limits on what this implies for today, so permit me to discuss briefly four important issues: Herb Gray, Canada/Israel relations, the plague of antisemitism and love of neighbour.
Rt. Hon. Herb Gray
The passing of Herb Gray is a large loss for Canada. I was privileged to sit with him in Jean Chretien’s cabinet for seven years, where he was a tower of wisdom and respect for all. He would often close debate on issues, drawing on what others had said to reach a consensus in the national interest. He lived his life according to the Jewish values of ‘caring and sharing’, with all they imply in terms of social justice and respect for all. At the service yesterday, many examples of Herb’s practice of these values were cited.
Welcome to the second half of a series of ten videos. An intimate one-on-one interview with the renowned former secretary of state on Organ Pillaging in China. Hon. David Kilgour speaks about the critical amounts of circumstantial evidence that has been found and how The International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the pillaging of organs from the practitioners of Falun Gong has taken place since 2001 and that systematic organ harvesting continues in occur in China.
● Doctors and Butchers
● Evidence and Common Sense
● Innocent Victims
● Supporters and Progress
● The Recipients
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by Hon. David Kilgour, JD.
Dear fellow democrats,
Permit me to congratulate the many thousands of you for having demonstrated your principles to be outside the Yuan every day for almost three weeks in rain and shine. I understand that public support for your “Sunflower Student Movement”, the coalition of students, academics, civic organizations and others, has been building since March 18, and that there was a huge citizen rally-some say as many as half a million- here in the capital on Sunday last week.
The Taipei media indicates today that the students will leave the Yuan on Thursday, thanks to the courage and integrity of Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. Permit me as a former Deputy Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons (1993-97) to say how proud his public service above any partisan interest no doubt makes all independent speakers around the world.