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 Hitler as one of the worst
mass murderers of the 20th century. His biographers Chang and Halliday note that
“over 70 million perished under Mao’s rule” in peacetime. Many governance problems
in China today stem from the fusion of Mao’s totalitarianism…and his successor Deng
Xiaoping’s economic reforms. Violence and corruption are the system in China today.
Scapegoats and Violence
Every 10 years or so since it seized power in 1949, the Communist Party has launched
some form of persecution on a minority in order to instill terror in the Chinese people
generally. Consider just four of the campaigns launched since 1950:
- ‘The Great Leap Forward’ where an estimated 40 million people starved to death
- ‘The Cultural Revolution of 1966-76…saw perhaps another two million killed,
- The Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, where soldiers killed thousands who
were seeking openness and democracy, and
- The ongoing persecution of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Christians, and in 1999 the
start of the crackdown against the Falun Gong spiritual practice.
As the film Human Harvest indicates, untold tens of thousands of innocent people have
been put into slave labour camps across China…where they’re not only making goods for
export…but they’re also tortured…blood tested, and the unlucky ones are killed on
demand for their organs… harvested… for profit.
When you follow the money…you partly begin to understand why this is happening.
Hospitals can get $62,000 for kidneys….and hearts are worth up to $160,000. We’re
talking about billions…of dollars…in profits.
How did David Matas and I get involved in this? Ten years ago, we were approached by
a volunteer coalition to investigate allegations of organ harvesting in China. We willingly
agreed to research the allegations on an independent and voluntary basis. The
conclusion of our investigative report is so disturbing that we have called what’s
happening a “new form of evil” on the planet.
When the persecution of Falun Gong began, the former head of the Party, Jiang Zemin,
vowed to “ruin their reputation, bankrupt them financially and destroy them
So who are these Falun Gong practitioners? Falun Gong practitioners in China come
from all walks of life – from scientists to soldiers to Party officials. A grassroots
spiritual movement, it grew exponentially in the 1990s to between 70 and 100 million
practitioners by the party-state’s own estimate.
According to surgeon Enver Tohti, organ harvesting began with Uyghur political
prisoners, and then most likely expanded to Tibetans and members of Christian house
churches. But the persecution of Falun Gong, for the first time, flooded the labor camps
with masses of healthy … exploitable …prisoners of conscience.
In 2014, Ethan Gutmann published The Slaughter. He interviewed over 100 people and
collected valuable new evidence over 8 years. Gutmann estimates that at any given time,
between 450,000 to a million Falun Gong practitioners are languishing in prisons and
slave labor camps.
He concludes that approximately 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners and two to four
thousand Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Christians were killed for their organs in the 2000–
2008 period alone. His estimates regarding Falun Gong practitioners are similar to
United Nations Torture Panel
Nick Cumming-Bruce of the New York Times this week described some pointed
questioning Beijing’s representative recently received from a U.N. Panel on Torture in
Geneva. Among the points raised by the panel of experts:
- The regime’s recent clampdown on human rights lawyers, the prolonged
detention of dissidents and activists, the common practice of torture by police
and so-called anticorruption investigators, the independence of ‘ judges’, prisoner
access to lawyers, the length of pretrial detention, forced repatriation of North
Koreans, and psychiatric treatment/shock therapy practised on prisoners.
- Among the victims mentioned was Gao Zhisheng, a prominent rights lawyer and
twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, who remains in secretive
confinement. Gao told Associated Press earlier this year that while in prison he
was brutalized with an electric baton and held in solitary confinement for three
- The committee cited a Human Rights Watch study of 432 verdicts since the start of
2014 in court cases where suspects said they were tortured. Only 23 resulted in
evidence being thrown out of court; none resulted in acquittal. It pressed for
details about the number of unofficial, places of detention; the number of
prisoners held in them and who controlled them; what access prisoners had to
medical care; the number of cases of torture authorities had recorded; and the
number of torture cases involving Tibetan prisoners.
- Felice D. Gaer, the panel’s vice chair, mentioned that it had learned that the
Chinese government had threatened seven nationals who wanted to provide
information to the panel, and had detained some who defied those warnings on
the grounds that their trip might endanger national security. She asked if the
regime thinks cooperating with UN human rights mechanisms constitute a threat
to national security.
There are at least three easy things you can do:
- Simply Google “organ harvesting in China”.
- Tell friends about what you’ve learned.
- Please share this information…on Facebook and other social media.