WATCH THE COMPLETE SERIES

▷EPISODE ONE

Investigations & Reports (1/4)

The issue of China’s transplant practices first came to light through a whistleblower in March 2006. In response, David Kilgour and David Matas launched an independent investigation. Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann later spent seven years doing his own research. He reached similar conclusions. In 2016, the three investigators joined forces, evaluating primary source research about the activities of hundreds of transplant hospitals around China. Drawing on media reports, official statements, medical journals, hospital websites, and web archives, their findings show that China’s transplant industry became among the most prolific in the world in just a few years, despite the lack of any organ donation system.

▷EPISODE TWO

Victims & Numbers (2/4)

The dark secret of China’s transplant industry is that another source entirely has been used: non-consenting prisoners of conscience. Those targeted include prisoners of conscience as far back as the 1970s, then Uyghurs, a Turkic, Muslim people residing in the northwest region of Xinjiang during the 1990s, and over the years that follow, some anecdotal evidence indicates, Tibetans and House Christians in captivity were also used. But by far the largest group to be targeted for organ harvesting is Falun Gong. The serious, large-scale development of China’s transplantation system coincided with the Communist Party’s campaign to wipe out Falun Gong.

▷EPISODE THREE

Suppression by the Chinese Communist Party (3/4)

The relationship between the Communist Party and the state is unlike anything we see in democratic countries. In democratic states, those in government rule. In China, it is the Party that rules. State functionaries are puppets. It is the Party which pulls the strings. Because the Party rules the state, the state organs do not control the Party. That is true of the legal as well as the political system. The Party is above the law, because the Party tells the legal system what to do. The Party does not need the law or the courts to engage in repression. It uses the police and the prisons without any law which supports their activity.

▷EPISODE FOUR

Legislation & Advocacy (4/4)

Laws are being passed to criminalize the purchase of trafficked organs at home or abroad.

The Coalition continues to call on Governments to enact measures including mandatory reporting of ‘organ tourism’, a ban on entry of individuals involved in trafficking organs, and prohibition of pharmaceutical companies participation in transplant field tests and clinical trials in China. We encourage you to connect with other academics, lawyers, ethicists, medical professionals and human rights advocates to participate in a variety of initiatives to end forced organ harvesting in China.

CHRIS CHAPPELL

Writer / Researcher / Host / Creator of China Uncensored

China Uncensored is China news like the Daily Show or Colbert Report is US news. It’s a little funny, a little scary, and pretty darn entertaining. Chris Chappell launches his war on the CCP with a sarcastic take on China’s government abuse with the latest news.

 

ETHAN GUTMANN

Author / Investigative Journalist

Ethan Gutmann’s research into Chinese Internet surveillance, the Laogai System, and the intersection of Western business with Chinese security objectives has received sustained attention for almost 15 years now. Ethan Gutmann has provided testimony and briefings to Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, Geneva’s International Society for Human Rights, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Brussels, Ottawa, and Canberra.

 

DAVID KILGOUR

Author / Former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific

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 Democracies (CCD), a Fellow of the Queen’s University Centre for the Study of Democracy, a director of the New York-based NGO Advancing Human Rights and a director of the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

 

ANASTASIA LIN

Actress / Beauty Pageant Titleholder

Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title. She has been invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Oxford Union, and the Geneva Human Rights Summit at the UN, Oslo Freedom Forum and has testified in the US Congress, the UK Parliament, and the Taiwanese Legislative Assembly.

 

DAVID MATAS

Author / Human Rights Lawyer

David Matas has been actively involved as Director of the International Defence & Aid Fund for South Africa in Canada, Director of Canada-South Africa Cooperation, Co-chair Canadian Helsinki Watch Group, Director Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties, Amnesty International, B’nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and Canadian Council for Refugees and he has represented Lai Changxing in his extradition proceedings.

 

MATTHEW ROBERTSON

Investigative Journalist / China News Editor

He was previously a reporter for the newspaper in Washington, D.C. He writes about China, including the Communist Party and its policies, U.S.-China relations, Hong Kong, and related topics. In 2013 he was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for coverage of the Chinese regime’s forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience.

 

Over the past decade, reports have emerged that the Chinese regime is killing prisoners of conscience to supply its vast, lucrative organ transplantation industry. New evidence and figures mined from primary Chinese sources are now uncovering the nature and scale of these abuses.

On June 22, 2016, three respected independent investigators published a 680-page report illustrating a state-driven industry that transplants far more organs—by an order of magnitude—than can be accounted for by official sources, which China says are executed prisoners and voluntary donors.

China’s organ harvesting has become a focus of media outlets around the world. Hearings have been held by U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and the European Parliament. The U.S House of Representatives and the European Parliament have passed resolutions condemning the practice.

LEARN MORE

2006 Investigation

The report concludes that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries. 

The conclusion comes not from any one single item of evidence, but rather the piecing together of all the evidence considered.  Each portion of the evidence considered is, in itself, verifiable and, in most cases, incontestable.  Put together, they paint a damning whole picture. 

 

READ THE 2006 REPORT

 

2016 Investigation

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.

The report analyzes hospital revenue, bed counts, bed utilization rates, surgical personnel, training programs, state funding and more. The report shows that the Chinese regime is performing 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year as opposed to 10,000 per year (the Chinese claim).

The report updates two previous investigations; ‘Body Harvest’ and ‘The Slaughter’.

 

READ THE 2016 REPORT

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THE EPISODES

▷EPISODE ONE

Investigations & Reports (1/4)

The issue of China’s transplant practices first came to light through a whistleblower in March 2006. In response, David Kilgour and David Matas launched an independent investigation. Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann later spent seven years doing his own research. He reached similar conclusions. In 2016, the three investigators joined forces, evaluating primary source research about the activities of hundreds of transplant hospitals around China. Drawing on media reports, official statements, medical journals, hospital websites, and web archives, their findings show that China’s transplant industry became among the most prolific in the world in just a few years, despite the lack of any organ donation system.

▷EPISODE TWO

Victims & Numbers (2/4)

The dark secret of China’s transplant industry is that another source entirely has been used: non-consenting prisoners of conscience. Those targeted include prisoners of conscience as far back as the 1970s, then Uyghurs, a Turkic, Muslim people residing in the northwest region of Xinjiang during the 1990s, and over the years that follow, some anecdotal evidence indicates, Tibetans and House Christians in captivity were also used. But by far the largest group to be targeted for organ harvesting is Falun Gong. The serious, large-scale development of China’s transplantation system coincided with the Communist Party’s campaign to wipe out Falun Gong.

▷EPISODE THREE

Suppression by the Chinese Communist Party (3/4)

The relationship between the Communist Party and the state is unlike anything we see in democratic countries. In democratic states, those in government rule. In China, it is the Party that rules. State functionaries are puppets. It is the Party which pulls the strings. Because the Party rules the state, the state organs do not control the Party. That is true of the legal as well as the political system. The Party is above the law, because the Party tells the legal system what to do. The Party does not need the law or the courts to engage in repression. It uses the police and the prisons without any law which supports their activity.

▷EPISODE FOUR

Legislation & Advocacy (4/4)

Laws are being passed to criminalize the purchase of trafficked organs at home or abroad.

The Coalition continues to call on Governments to enact measures including mandatory reporting of ‘organ tourism’, a ban on entry of individuals involved in trafficking organs, and prohibition of pharmaceutical companies participation in transplant field tests and clinical trials in China. We encourage you to connect with other academics, lawyers, ethicists, medical professionals and human rights advocates to participate in a variety of initiatives to end forced organ harvesting in China.

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THE PANELISTS

CHRIS CHAPPELL

Writer / Researcher / Host / Creator of China Uncensored

China Uncensored is China news like the Daily Show or Colbert Report is US news. It’s a little funny, a little scary, and pretty darn entertaining. Chris Chappell launches his war on the CCP with a sarcastic take on China’s government abuse with the latest news.

 

ETHAN GUTMANN

Author / Investigative Journalist

Ethan Gutmann’s research into Chinese Internet surveillance, the Laogai System, and the intersection of Western business with Chinese security objectives has received sustained attention for almost 15 years now. Ethan Gutmann has provided testimony and briefings to Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, Geneva’s International Society for Human Rights, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Brussels, Ottawa, and Canberra.

 

DAVID KILGOUR

Author / Former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific

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 Democracies (CCD), a Fellow of the Queen’s University Centre for the Study of Democracy, a director of the New York-based NGO Advancing Human Rights and a director of the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

 

ANASTASIA LIN

Actress / Beauty Pageant Titleholder

Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title. She has been invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Oxford Union, and the Geneva Human Rights Summit at the UN, Oslo Freedom Forum and has testified in the US Congress, the UK Parliament, and the Taiwanese Legislative Assembly.

 

DAVID MATAS

Author / Human Rights Lawyer

David Matas has been actively involved as Director of the International Defence & Aid Fund for South Africa in Canada, Director of Canada-South Africa Cooperation, Co-chair Canadian Helsinki Watch Group, Director Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties, Amnesty International, B’nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and Canadian Council for Refugees and he has represented Lai Changxing in his extradition proceedings.

 

MATTHEW ROBERTSON

Investigative Journalist / China News Editor

He was previously a reporter for the newspaper in Washington, D.C. He writes about China, including the Communist Party and its policies, U.S.-China relations, Hong Kong, and related topics. In 2013 he was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for coverage of the Chinese regime’s forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience.

 

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THE ISSUE

Over the past decade, reports have emerged that the Chinese regime is killing prisoners of conscience to supply its vast, lucrative organ transplantation industry. New evidence and figures mined from primary Chinese sources are now uncovering the nature and scale of these abuses.

On June 22, 2016, three respected independent investigators published a 680-page report illustrating a state-driven industry that transplants far more organs—by an order of magnitude—than can be accounted for by official sources, which China says are executed prisoners and voluntary donors.

China’s organ harvesting has become a focus of media outlets around the world. Hearings have been held by U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and the European Parliament. The U.S House of Representatives and the European Parliament have passed resolutions condemning the practice.

LEARN MORE

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THE INVESTIGATIONS

2006 Investigation

The report concludes that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries. 

The conclusion comes not from any one single item of evidence, but rather the piecing together of all the evidence considered.  Each portion of the evidence considered is, in itself, verifiable and, in most cases, incontestable.  Put together, they paint a damning whole picture. 

 

READ THE 2006 REPORT

 

2016 Investigation

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.

The report analyzes hospital revenue, bed counts, bed utilization rates, surgical personnel, training programs, state funding and more. The report shows that the Chinese regime is performing 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year as opposed to 10,000 per year (the Chinese claim).

The report updates two previous investigations; ‘Body Harvest’ and ‘The Slaughter’.

 

READ THE 2016 REPORT