WHAT AUSTRALIA CAN DO TO AVOID COMPLICITY IN FOREIGN TRANSPLANT ABUSE

BY DAVID MATAS Presentation to Macquarie University, Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics [CAVE] annual lecture 23 November, 2016 Sydney, Australia Because of shortage of organs, patients in need of transplants wait endlessly and become desperate, spurring transplant tourism. The Government of China has been sourcing organs from prisoners in large numbers, in violation of…

BRINGING TO JUSTICE THOSE WHO KILL FALUN GONG FOR THEIR ORGANS

BY DAVID MATAS Presentation to the European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy, 5 July, 2016, Brighton UK This conference raises the questions, “what is justice and why do we seek it?” The answers to these questions depend on context. In determining what constitutes justice, one size does not fit all. I approach these questions…

GLOBAL MEDIA OUTLETS FEATURE NEW CHINA TRANSPLANT STATISTICS

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…

Two Davids & Goliath – David Matas & David Kilgour Speak at TEDx

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…

Transparency of organ donations: The case of China

BY DAVID MATAS Speech given at International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement conference, Seoul, Korea 18 October, 2015 Introduction The World Health Organization Guiding Principle 1 of the Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation requires consent from the donor to organ removal for the purpose of transplantation. Guiding Principle 10 requires traceability…

Organ Transplant Abuse in China: What Is Korea to Do?

BY DAVID MATAS Speech given at International Association for Ethical Transplants public forum, City Hall, Seoul, Korea, 16 October, 2015 The Government of China, by its own admission, has been sourcing organs from prisoners in large numbers, in violation of international ethics. Research that David Kilgour and I have done has concluded that these prisoners…

Transplant Profession Standards as a Source of International Law

by David Matas Conference of ANZSIL – Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law – Wellington New Zealand Background A woman with the pseudonym Annie in March 2006 made a public statement in Washington DC that her ex-husband had been harvesting the corneas of practitioners of Falun Gong for transplants sold to foreigners at…

Human rights education & vulnerable groups

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…

The Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and Transplant Tourism

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.

Canadian Remedies for Organ Transplant Abuse in China

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.

Ethical Standards and Chinese Organ Transplant Abuse

img895954BY DAVID MATAS

Chamber of Deputies, Rome, Italy

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. 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.

Going through all relevant evidence to come to an informed conclusion on the killing of Falun Gong for their organs is a time consuming task and it is unrealistic to expect everyone interested in the issue to do that. That does not mean though that those who have neither the time nor inclination to engage in this work should to nothing.