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Falun Gong prisoners targeted for organs in China: report

Posted by Author on August 13, 2008


Jennifer Macey, The World Today program, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Austrlia, Tuesday, 12 August , 2008-

ELEANOR HALL: China’s human rights record is again under scrutiny, this time at an International Transplantation Congress in Sydney. A Canadian human rights lawyer says he has new evidence of forced organ removals from prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners in China.

David Matas says Chinese hospitals perform 10,000 organ transplant operations each year and that many of the recipients are foreigners. As Jennifer Macey reports, he’s now calling on the Australian Government to do more to stop the practice.

JENNIFER MACEY: China performs an estimated 10,000 organ transplant operations each year more than any other country in the world except for the United States. But China has no formalised system of organ donations and human rights groups say the short waiting times and availability of organs in China raises serious questions about their source.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch first reported 10 years ago that the majority of these organs come from prisoners. Now Canadian Human Rights Lawyer David Matas says among the prison population, it’s now members of Falun Gong who are being increasingly targeted.

DAVID MATAS: China’s source of organs for transplants is almost entirely from prisoners according to the Deputy Minister of Health it’s 95 per cent, according to other statistics it’s 96 per cent. So it’s almost entirely forced organ harvesting. And there’s two sources – it’s prisoners sentenced to death and Falun Gong practitioners.

JENNIFER MACEY: Mr Matas says hospitals and prisons have arrangements to split the profits made through organ transplant operations, often to foreign patients. He says the prisoners are killed after their organs are removed.

DAVID MATAS: Basically they wait until there’s an order from the hospital, they will blood test the person, and then they inject the person with potassium, and then they put them into a van and the actual organ extraction is in the van, where the prisoner is killed through the organ extraction and then the body is cremated.

JENNIFER MACEY: Last year David Mr Matas and Canadian former secretary of state David Kilgour released a report investigating allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong members in China. Mr Matas concedes it’s difficult to find proof of this practise as China won’t release official statistics on executions or organ transplants

But he says he has new audio tapes of Chinese doctors admitting they have Falun Gong organs for sale.

DAVID MATAS: We had callers calling in to China pretending to be relatives of patients who needed organs and asking the hospital that they were calling for organs of Falun Gong practitioners on the basis that Falun Gong’s an exercise regime that practitioners are healthy and their organs are healthy. And we got admissions on tape throughout China and we’ve got the transcripts in our report and we’ve got phone records and we got the tapes from pick up to hang down.

JENNIFER MACEY: Dr Yuan Hong worked as a heart surgeon for ten years at a medical university hospital in north eastern China. He says it was an open secret at his hospital that prisoners organs were used in transplant operations for patients who had travelled from Japan.

YUAN HONG (translated): I start to notice these issues because one of the nurse wearing the army dress and then I also find an anaesthetist also wear the same clothes. So I ask him “why do you have to wear these clothes?” and then he told me, “we have to go to the place where people do executions, so we needed to transplant a kidney there.”

JENNIFER MACEY: So you knew of Japanese people who were coming to your hospital for organ transplants?

YUAN HONG (translated): Because foreigner came to our hospital to be treated. It’s a hot topic, so everybody knows.

JENNIFER MACEY: Jennifer Zeng is a member of Falun Gong who was offered asylum in Australia several years ago. In China she spent a year in a labour camp near Beijing. She says at the camp her blood was taken for tests and she underwent several health checks.

JENNIFER MACEY: Only Falun Gong practitioners were tested and get this physical check up. A lot of Falun Gong practitioners thought that Falun Gong got some special treatment, because they saw a physical check up after you were there for long years, it’s good for your health.

So they ask the police, ‘how about we pay for the physical check’ and the police clearly said no, it’s only for Falun Gong. So other prisoners even protested against it, they say, they are not treated fairly because they obviously didn’t know the purpose.

JENNIFER MACEY: Human rights lawyer David Matas says there’s a lot more the Australian Government could do to help stamp out the practice.

DAVID MATAS: The Government’s could introduce extra-territorial legislation so that transplant tourism can become a crime, the way now child sex tourism is a crime,.

ELEANOR HALL: Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas ending that report by Jennifer Macey.

– Original: Falun Gong prisoners targeted for organs: report

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Australia urged to ban China’s ‘transplant tourism’

Posted by Author on August 12, 2008


ABC News, Australia, Aug. 11, 2008-

A human rights lawyer from Canada has called on the Australian Government to ban transplant tourism.

David Matas is addressing the International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Sydney today, where he says he will present new evidence of forced organ removals from prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Mr Matas says he has audio tapes of Chinese doctors admitting they have Falun Gong organs for sale.

“We had callers calling into China pretending to be relatives of patients asking hospitals if they had organs of Falun Gong practitioners for sale on the basis that the Falun Gong is an exercise regime and they’re healthy, and therefore their organs are healthy, and we got admissions throughout China that yes, we have these organs for sale,” he said.

Mr Matas also says until recently, the main market for these organs was foreigners seeking cheap transplants.

“China still does not have a generation system for organs, does still not have a law allowing for the sourcing of organs from a brain dead cardiac alive, it still does not have a national organ distribution and sharing system, it’s still the overwhelming 90, 95-96 per cent of its organs are sourced from prisoners,” he said.

– Original: ABC News, Australia

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China’s Organ Harvesting Questioned Again by Two UN Special Rapporteurs

Posted by Author on May 12, 2008


Egovmonitor.com, UK , 9 May 2008-

Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs have reiterated their previous findings on China’s organ harvesting. Once again, they requested the Chinese government to fully explain the allegation of taking vital organs from Falun Gong practitioners and the source of organs for the sudden increase in organ transplants that has been going on in China since the year 2000.

Ms. Asma Jahangir and Mr. Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Question of Torture, made the request jointly and documented it in their respective 2008 annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council, as a follow-up to their previous communications to the Chinese government.

The two Special Rapporteurs, together with Ms. Sigma Huda, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, transmitted their original communication to China on August 11, 2006. Drawing on information submitted by individuals and volunteer groups, including the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group (FalunHR), the Special Rapporteurs highlighted and raised questions about the identifiable sources of organs, the short waiting times for finding perfectly-matched organs, and the correlation between the sudden increase in organ transplants in China and the beginning of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Although the Chinese government responded in November 28, 2006, with categorical denials, it failed to address the critical issues raised by the Special Rapporteurs. The follow-up communication by Ms. Jahangir and Mr. Nowak, sent on January 25, 2007, holds the Chinese government to address those critical issues.

FalunHR has posted the Special Rapporteurs’ original and follow-up communications at (http://www.falunhr.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1693&Itemid=0)

The Special Rapporteurs’ original communication is documented in their respective 2007 annual reports, and their follow-up communications in their 2008 annual reports. The annual reports of UN Special Rapporteurs typically document their previous year’s activities, and these reports are usually presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council during its spring sessions.

It is important to note that, in their 2008 annual reports, Ms. Asma Jahangir and Mr. Manfred Nowak also reported their joint urgent action, together with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, on behalf of Mr. Cao Dong, a witness to China’s organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

On May 21, 2006, in Beijing, Mr. Cao met with Edward McMillan-Scott, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, and gave him testimony on China’s organ harvesting. Following this meeting, the Chinese authorities arrested Mr. Cao. Reports indicate that Mr. Cao was sentenced to five years in prison for “accepting illegal interviews.”

– Original from eGov Monitor: United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs Reiterate Findings on China’s Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners

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China Media’s Organ Donation Report Raises Concern

Posted by Author on April 19, 2008


By Shi Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Apr 15, 2008-The Qi Lu Evening Newspaper reported on April 4, 2008

An article published in the April 4th edition of Qi Lu Evening , a newspaper in Shandong Province in eastern China, has attracted people’s attention and recently circulated throughout the Internet.

It reported that a young man temporarily working in Jinan City decided to donate his corneas after a kidney failure diagnosis. However, several major hospitals throughout the area explained that they were “not qualified” to accept the donation. An official in the Ophthalmology Department of the Jinan Central Hospital even mentioned that none of the corneas used by his department came from donations.

This report revisits the concern over the source of organs used for transplants in mainland China. Since witnesses testified on March 9, 2006 that China harvests organs from live Falun Gong practitioners at a hospital in Sujiatun, Shenyang City in northwestern China, Beijing has been confronted with increasing concern over the source of the country’s organ supply. Chinese authorities continue to proclaim that organs come mainly from donations, however the Qi Lu Evening report has further stoked public doubt.

(Photo at right: The Qi Lu Evening Newspaper reported on April 4, 2008 that many hospitals in Shandong Province are not qualified to accept donated organs./The Epoch Times)

Dr. Wang Wenyi, a practicing physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has long dedicated herself to the investigation of the Chinese regime’s harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. She pointed out that to cover up the organ-harvesting atrocity the Chinese regime has repeatedly lied to the world. When questioned on the source of the organ supply in China, the regime initially claimed that they were donated, but later they admitted that the organs were harvested from death row criminals. However, the large number of organs being used for transplants in recent years, added by the short waiting period for matching organs, indicates the existence of a living organ bank consisting mostly of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

The Qi Lu report described the case of Wei Linying, a 29-year-old man temporarily working in Jinan. Diagnosed with serious kidney failure in February, Wei decided to donate his corneas after his death. To help him find a place for donation, his family members came to Jinan and asked the Qi Lu reporter for assistance.

On the afternoon of April 4, the reporter called the Jinan municipal branch office and provincial and municipal branch offices of the Red Cross Society of China, the Shandong Ophthalmology Hospital and the Jinan Central Hospital. All of these medical institutions replied that they were not qualified to accept organ donations.

China expert Zhang Jielian says that the situation in Shandong province is the same across China. Because of their past traditions, Chinese people are not in the habit of donating their organs; as a result, there is no organ donor program in the country. Therefore, donation is not a likely major source for China’s organ supply.

On November 7, 2005, at WHO (World Health Organization) meeting in Manila, China’s Deputy Minister of Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted that the Chinese communist regime had been harvesting organs from executed criminals. This was the first official confession the regime made of this practice.

On March 9, 2006, the organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners at the Sujiatun labor camp in Shenyang City was exposed. Confronted with shock and condemnation from the international community, the regime kept silent for 20 days before the regime’s foreign affair spokesman Qin Gang finally denied the allegation, arguing that all organ transplants were legal and had been agreed upon by the donors. Qin proclaimed that most of the organs were donated by patients’ relatives or victims of traffic accidents.

In November 2006, Huang Jiefu repeated in a meeting in Guangzhou that most of the transplanted organs in China were from criminals of death penalty.

In a BBC interview on Nov. 1, 2007, the Chinese regime’s Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qunan restated that “most of the transplanted organs were from criminals of death penalty.”

Dr. Wang Wenyi, who protested at the White House against Chinese leader Hu Jintao during his state visit on April 20, 2006, said the quantity of organs available from the executed criminals is far lower than the actual number of transplant operations, and it cannot explain why the organ donors can be identified within such a short time, either. She says that the regime’s explanation of harvesting organs from executed criminals is simply to divert public attention away from the organ harvesting of live Falun Gong practitioners.

Dr. Wang said once foreign patients receive notification from hospitals in China and make their payment, the transplant operation can proceed in as little as three days. In most cases, patients receive their organs within a week. Therefore, a “criminal”—with matching blood and tissue types—would have to be executed just a few days before, and be willing to donate his or her organs.

Dr. Wang believes that there is only one possibility to explain this coincidence— there exists an organ bank in China where live donors, whose blood and tissue types have been pre-recorded, can be retrieved whenever a paying customer needs one.

Referring to the Chinese regime’s official data, which mentions that 90,000 organ transplants were conducted before 2005, Wang estimates that 41,500 transplants should have taken place between 2000 and 2005. However, this number far exceeds the criminals executed in China over that time period. Without any other reasonable explanation, the only possible source of organs would be the large population of Falun Gong practitioners whose whereabouts are unknown after being arrested during the past eight years.

An independent Canadian delegate investigation published two reports in 2006, providing substantial evidence to illustrate that such “an evil that has never occurred on earth” has been truly ongoing.

In a report issued by the “World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong” (WOIPFG) in late 2007, the organization has interviewed several Chinese officials, including the coordinator of the kidney source in the Beijing 307 People’s Liberation Army Hospital, the chief and clerk associated with the No. 1 Criminal Court in the Jinzhou Intermediate People’s Court, and the surgeon in charge of kidney transplants at the Guangxi People’s Hospital. The interviewees’ testimony all indicates that a widespread program for organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners is still ongoing in China.

Original report from The Epochtimes: Chinese Hospitals Do Not Accept Donated Organs

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Canadian MP Introduces Bill to Punish Human Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on February 23, 2008


By Matthew Little, Epoch Times Winnipeg Staff, Feb 21, 2008-Canadian MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Ontario MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj has introduced a ground-breaking piece of legislation aimed at deterring Canadians from undergoing organ transplants involving organs that were purchased or stolen.

In its first reading, Bill C-500 would make it illegal for Canadians to get an organ transplant abroad if the organ was purchased or taken from an unwilling victim.

“This is the first piece of legislation that specifically addresses the horror of illegal harvesting and trafficking of organs and body parts,” Wrzesnewskyj said in an interview with Epoch Times media partner, NTDTV.

(Canadian MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj / The Epoch Times)

He said that the lack of legislation and increasing reports around the world of organ trafficking or harvesting (killing people for their organs) pushed him to draft the bill.

Years ago Wrzesnewskyj was shocked to hear of an orphanage in the Ukraine that was sacrificing children so their organs could be sold. Later, reports of poor Indian farmers and workers selling their organs for the price of a taxi cab pushed him further.

Reports in 2004 revealed that in some villages in Pakistan, as many as half the people have sold a kidney in the hope of escaping poverty. Some are left permanently disabled by health complications.

Wrzesnewskyj said the final push to act came in the form of a report titled “Bloody Harvest” by two Canadian authors, former Canadian MP and Secretary of State David Kilgour and highly regarded human rights lawyer David Matas.

The 2007 report detailed an array of evidence that strongly suggests the Chinese communist regime is killing thousands of Falun Gong practitioners held in detention and selling their organs in lucrative transplant deals. The report found that Canadians are among the developed world “customers” who travel to China for transplants.

“There was a realization that we have to do something,” said Wrzesnewskyj about the trade in human organs. “Canada has to be in the forefront. Canada has an incredible reputation in addressing this sort of question.”

The legislation itself was laborious to write. Wrzesnewskyj said he began working on it with legal staff and researchers in the House of Commons last summer. The bill went through 12 drafts before being introduced.

He is aware the government may fall before Bill C-500 becomes law but said if that happens it can be re-introduced. He also hopes it will inspire other countries to follow suit.

“It is accessible now to legislators of any country in the world if they are concerned about this issue … There might be some fine tuning involved [to use the legislation in other countries], but there is a template that can be applied in most of our western democracies,” he said.

Bill C-500 aims to treat organ theft or trafficking as a very serious crime, on a level with murder, said Wrzesnewskyj. Minimum sentences are five years and the maximum is life. The legislation would require each organ recipient to prove their organ was obtained ethically from a willing donor.

The bill would also ban people from other countries from entering Canada if it is known they participated in the illicit organ trade. That would include middlemen who purchase organs from impoverished farmers or doctors in Chinese military hospitals performing transplants with organs taken from murdered Falun Gong practitioners.

He pointed out that politicians of any stripe have reason to support the bill and that it is not a partisan issue.

“This is a question of humanity,” he said.

Wrzesnewskyj added that as an MP he is among the few people who can really affect the practice of organ trafficking and harvesting.

“I am compelled not just personally, but on behalf of the people that I represent, to do whatever I can and to stop this sort of horror from occurring.”

He encouraged people in support of Bill C-500 to tell their elected officials that they want it to pass quickly.

– Original report from The Epochtimes: One MP’s Crusade to Quell a Gruesome Trade

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‘people are being killed for their organs’ while China ‘hosting an event to promote peace’

Posted by Author on February 17, 2008


European politicians are expressing their concern about China’s appalling human-rights record ahead of the Beijing Olympics

From blog of Will Buckley, The Guardian, February 17, 2008-

On 1 January this year Torsten Trey, chief executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, sent a letter to, among others, Steven Spielberg and George W Bush. He wrote: ‘It is reasonable to say that in China organs are removed from executed prisoners as well as from living, non-consenting donors, in particular from practitioners of the peaceful meditation movement Falun Gong. As medical doctors, we are extremely concerned about these practices.’

On Tuesday, at a meeting in London, European Parliament vice-president Edward McMillan-Scott expanded on those concerns. ‘They are hosting a sporting event intended to promote peace and at the same time people are being killed for their organs,’ said Trey. ‘It is outrageous. Once you are a prisoner of conscience you are outlawed and lose any rights. You are just a body mass.’

Later that evening Spielberg resigned as artistic director for the Beijing Olympics. There was no connection between the two events – Spielberg, after all, cited China’s failure to put pressure on Sudan to ease the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, not transplant trading, as the reason for his decision – other than that the staging of the Olympics in Beijing means that China will be examined more closely and more critically than ever before.

There are plenty of areas of concern. Also speaking on Tuesday was Annie Yang. ‘On 1 March 2005, without any legal procedure, I was arrested at home and sentenced to two years in a Chinese labour camp,’ she said. This was for being a practitioner of Falun Gong, an organisation that is part Taoist, part Buddhist, and that flourished in the wake of communism before being banned as ‘an evil cult’ in 1999.

In an effort to make Yang renounce her beliefs, she was forced to survive on 500ml of water a day and half a slice of Chinese bread. She was also tortured. ‘They made you sit with your knees closed, your feet closed, your back very straight and your hands on your knees for 20 hours without closing your eyes. No one dared look at me. Only this one woman waved at me and she has now been tortured to death.’

Yang, an antiques dealer, recanted and four months later was asked by the authorities if she wanted to be a spy in London. She declined the offer.

Anne Holmes, from the Free Tibet campaign, said that ‘silence is the cost of doing business in China’. Silence, in particular, about what is happening in Tibet. ‘There are some monks who must be protected and others who are invisible,’ she said, comparing the country to Burma. China’s influence is so great over Tibet and around the world, she says, that ‘Belgium no longer welcomes the Dalai Lama’.

China, in contrast, welcomes transplant tourists – it is alleged that 40,000 unexplained operations have been conducted in recent years. Also present on Tuesday was Professor Tom Treasure, a noted heart-transplant surgeon, who wrote an essay last year for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine entitled ‘The Falun Gong, organ transplantation, the holocaust and ourselves’. In this he noted that waiting times for such operations in China were a mere one to two weeks and the cost under a tenth of what is charged in the United States. He also drew attention to the fact that, on being incarcerated, members of Falun Gong are blood-tested. This is unlikely to be for their own good, but is most helpful if you are looking for a blood-group match for organ donation.

As McMillan-Scott pointed out: ‘What makes it even more ghoulish is that the Falun Gong are regarded as good quarry because they neither smoke nor drink.’ Transplanting the organs of executed criminals is one thing, but using the organs of the living one hoped belonged in science fiction.

McMillan-Scott has long campaigned against human-rights abuses in China. He last visited the country in May 2006 and ‘all the reformists I had contact with have been arrested, and at least three of them tortured’. Last August he talked from the same meeting room in which we were sitting to eco-dissident Hu Jia in Beijing by live phone link. On 29 January Hu Jia was convicted of subversion.

‘There are 1.3 billion Chinese, most of whom are desperately unhappy living under a corrupt, arbitrary and paranoid regime which is dangerous to them,’ he says. ‘It is a terror state.’ Particularly if you are a practitioner of Falun Gong. ‘They have been subjected to systematic repression,’ says McMillan-Scott. ‘Falun Gong are to the Chinese what the Jews were to the Nazis. And that’s an understatement.’

Perhaps. One way in which they are being treated worse is that they are prohibited from competing in the Games. Hitler, in contrast, allowed one half-Jewish fencer to represent Germany and excluded the rest. Helene Mayer won silver in the individual foil.

Comparisons with Berlin have seen Beijing labelled the Genocide Games. This term is somewhat melodramatic, although it does remind one of Chairman Mao’s massacre of 70 million of his citizens during the Cultural Revolution. It is a reminder that worse things happen behind closed doors than partially open ones and, grim and nasty as life is in China, it may be less grim and nasty than it was. In part, this is because of the Olympic Games. Playing host means you are open to scrutiny and Tibet, Darfur and transplant tourism are subjects up for discussion.

Limited aims may be achievable and last year the number of transplants decreased considerably following the passage of the Human Organ Transportation Act.

There is, however, only limited leverage that can be exerted because the total boycott the admirable McMillan-Scott demands is just not going to happen. This is because the Olympic Games, like US vice-president Dick Cheney, are more about commerce than politics. The defining modern Games, after all, came in 1996 when they shared a home with Coca-Cola. Once the sponsors take over, they become indelibly corporate. Spielberg and a few others excepted, the capitalist West will flock to Beijing to do what it always does – shift product.

– Original from Will Buckley’s blog at The Guardian

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Rabbi: Jews Must Lead Condemnation of China Over Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on February 4, 2008


by Hillel Fendel, Israel National News, 29 Jan 2008-

(IsraelNN.com) Rabbi David Druckman, the Chief Rabbi of the northern city of Kiryat Motzkin and an outspoken opponent of Land of Israel withdrawals, says Jews must take the lead in condemning China for its murder of prisoners of conscience in order to harvest their organs.

“The atrocity is so great,” Rabbi Druckman says on a recently released video, “that there are simply no words to express it. From a certain standpoint it is even worse than what the Nazis did… to cut organs from people under the cover of medical help for other people is simply astonishing and shocking from every human vantage point.”

“It is especially incumbent upon us as Jews to lead the campaign that expresses total disgust at this phenomenon,” Rabbi Druckman says. “Especially us, the Jewish Nation, that suffered the crimes of the Nazis, may their names be blotted out, and those of the Communists under Stalin – who can stand by and comprehend the world’s silence at all this?”

Israeli Petition Against Chinese Cruelty

Three months ago, over 220 Israeli rabbis, academics and politicians signed a petition calling for an end to the atrocities taking place in China. Among the signatories were 8 Knesset Members (Hendel and Levy from National Union, Melchior and Cabel from Labor, Kachlon of Likud, and Oron, Gal’on and Vilan of Meretz).

Over 40 rabbis signed, including Rabbis Chaim Druckman, Shlomo Aviner, Yuval Cherlow, Shmuel David of Afula, as well as Temple Mount loyalist rabbis, Moshe Feiglin and leaders of his Jewish Leadership group, and more.

Chinese Torture

China is accused of holding thousands of political prisoners without trial, beating and torturing people who protest being thrown out of their homes, employing slave labor for their mass manufacturing industries, and more. Among the most persecuted groups are the Falun Gong, which numbers at least 70 million members in China alone. Tens of thousands of practitioners of the Falun Gong system of meditation and character-building are ruthlessly persecuted by the government, including having organs removed from their bodies while still alive.

The CIPFG – Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China – has begun a campaign against holding the 2008 Olympics in China. “It will be a stain on the history of the Olympic Games and a disgrace to mankind if these games and these crimes against humanity are held at the same time in China,” the organization states.

In the video-taped speech, Rabbi Druckman says that one of the seven Noachide commandments that the Jews are bidden to disseminate in the world is not to murder: “We as Jews must therefore stand at the front lines of this war, and employ every possible tactic in order that the world expunge atrocities such as this.”

“When there is evil in the world,” he continues, “every person with a human conscience, and every person with intelligence, must protest against it… Jewish Law requires of us to spread values of faith in the Creator and of maintaining the human image throughout the world. The same Torah that tells us to keep the Sabbath and to eat only Kosher food, also requires that we influence all of mankind – as is written, ‘From Zion shall go forth Torah and the word of G-d from Jerusalem.'”

“We have to get our outraged objections, as people and as Jews, out to the world in every way possible… In this age of media, there are many methods, such as the torch passing through the countries of the world and will soon get to our region as well, ending with a giant rally here in Israel [on Feb. 18 – ed.]. It is obvious that we all support this initiative and welcome it. We must also do whatever will result in a sharp condemnation of these animals that are doing these things in China. This will help raise the standard of the entire human race in the world, and the more the world improves and becomes more gentle, this will bring us closer to the Redemption and the arrival of the Just Redeemer.”

Religious – Not Just in Dress, but in Thought

“I believe that behind the description we carry of ‘religious people’ there is also real content – not just outer covering, but a genuine way of looking at the world… Certainly this is so in the Jewish faith, whose teachings about ethics and kindness have no rivals… Certainly one who sees himself as a religious person, not just in title but in essence, must join up with activities of this type.”

Original report from Israel National News

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Covering up slaughter, with a little help from the CBC

Posted by Author on November 26, 2007


By David Matas, National Post, Canada, via David Kilgour Website, November 23, 2007-

Turkey denies the Armenian genocide. Sudan pretends the ongoing genocide in Darfur is not happening. The Soviet Union maintained that there was no forced famine in Ukraine. Neo-Nazis claim the Holocaust never happened. The pattern is predictable. Genocide Watch has identified eight stages of genocide. The last is denial.

The massive crimes that China has inflicted on the Falun Gong spiritual group follow this pattern. David Kilgour and I have written a report titled Bloody Harvest in which we showed that China has been killing the Falun Gong by the tens of thousands since 2000 for their organs. The organs are sold for huge sums, mostly to foreign tourists, for transplants. Beijing denies it all.

Bloody Harvest has been supported by two independent researchers — Kirk Allison at the University of Minnesota and U.K. transplant surgeon Tom Treasure. All the evidence on which we relied is independently verifiable and available on our Web site, organharvestinvestigation.net.

Since the first version of our report came out in July, 2006, David Kilgour and I have been to over 40 countries publicizing its results. No one anywhere has refuted our report.

The Chinese government and its fellow travellers have responded with disinformation, denials and clumsy attempts at censorship. Beijing systematically tries to get our events cancelled. If that fails, it seeks to introduce its own propaganda into every forum to which we are invited.

When the CBC announced that it was broadcasting a TV documentary about China’s persecution of the Falun Gong that featured our report, it was predictable that the Chinese censorship machine would get into gear. What was not predictable was that the CBC would pay attention to it.

Beijing leaned on the CBC and the network pulled the originally scheduled Nov. 6 broadcast. It was replaced with an old documentary on Pakistan because, so the CBC spokesman said, recent turmoil in Pakistan made the rebroadcast timely.

But timeliness was not the concern. The CBC went back to the documentary’s producer, Peter Rowe, and asked for changes. The changes he made weren’t enough. So the CBC made more changes on its own.

The CBC version of the documentary was broadcast on Nov. 20. Since the original version is now available on YouTube, it is possible to compare the two.

The CBC’s deletions were telling. One expunged segment was the playing of tapes of telephone admissions from hospitals in China acknowledging that they were selling Falun Gong organs. (Chinese government denials remained in the CBC version.)

The additions were typical Chinese propaganda. The CBC on its own, for instance, added this screen to the documentary: “Amnesty International does not have conclusive evidence to back up the allegation the Falun Gong are killed for their organs.” (It should be obvious that Amnesty’s silence is not evidence of anything. The organization does not claim to be an encyclopedia of all human rights violations.)

The CBC claimed that the changes it made strengthened the documentary. But that is not what happened. Instead, the CBC has weakened itself.

-David Matas is a Winnipeg lawyer

Report from  David-kilgour.com

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CBC softpedals China’s ‘cult of evil’

Posted by Author on November 25, 2007


By PETER WORTHINGTON, TORONTO SUN, Canada, Thu, November 22, 2007-

Insisting that pressure from China didn’t influence 11th-hour cutting, juggling and editing, the CBC documentary on the persecution of Falun Gong in China — Beyond the Red Wall — ran Tuesday night and was a searing indictment of Beijing’s paranoia.

Two weeks earlier, after Chinese officials complained about it, the CBC yanked the show hours before it was to be aired, even though it had okayed the documentary last March (when it was aired one day at 4 a.m.).

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay admitted the Chinese had complained, but said the film needed more work to be “journalistically rigorous and credible.” With something resembling disgust, producer/director of the documentary, Peter Rowe, washed his hands of the final editing, additions, subtractions and changes.

“I made the original changes they wanted, but when they wanted more and more on Friday and Saturday, and kept adding and subtracting, I finally said, ‘No more changes by me, you do it if you must.’ ”

Understandably frustrated at the CBC’s frenetic fiddling with his documentary that has already been shown in New Zealand, Spain and Portugal without incident, Rowe recalled the CBC’s eight-hour, four-part series last year, China Rises.

“It cost 20 times what they paid me for Red Wall and it was like a travelogue,” he said. “No mention of Falun Gong or Tibet. Rather like doing a film in the past about South Africa without mentioning apartheid.”

While the CBC denied it was influenced by Chinese pressure, the Epoch Times phoned the CBC’s bureau in Beijing and was told by a nervous office manager (who identified himself as Zhu Tao) that Chinese authorities had pestered staff about the documentary. Rowe said he’d heard the same thing.

Rowe’s changes amounted to about five minutes of clarification, but he hadn’t a clue what the final version would be like.

As it turned out, the documentary that was aired will not please Beijing. Despite heavy editing, there’s no escaping the reality that China is persecuting, beating, torturing practitioners of Falun Gong, a non-political movement that advocates, meditation, exercise, tolerance, compassion and truthfulness as the essence of life.

Changes made by the CBC include soft pedalling allegations that Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their vital organs which are then sold to rich foreigners.

Former cabinet minister David Kilgour’s investigations into China’s “organ harvesting” were largely relegated to the cutting room floor as “unproven.” Inserted was an Amnesty International statement that it had no proof of organ transplants — but it and Human Rights Watch and the Swiss Red Cross were denied access to prisons or hospitals where transplants take place.

What survived was Kilgour’s statement that in recent years there have been 31,500 organ transplants in China, where the regime admits organs are taken from about 1,000 death-row criminals annually executed.

Excised were statistics that the wait for a lung transplant in China is 15 days, while in Canada, Britain and the U.S. it can take three to seven years.

Purged also is civil rights lawyer Clive Ansley’s view that awarding the 2008 Olympic Games to China “the biggest human rights abuser on the planet” is a propaganda victory mindful of Hitler getting the 1936 Olympics to advertise the superiority of the Nazis.

A lot of sub-titles were added, stating that film footage of incidents was provided by the Falun Gong, implying that these might not be “objective.” Cut down to snippets, were scenes of police beating Falun Gong supporters.

Missing were transcripts of Kilgour’s interviews with Falun Gong victims and a doctor who claimed to have performed 2,000 cornea transplants in two years from Falun Gong prisoners.

In fairness, CBC editing speeded up the documentary without damaging the basic message of China’s paranoid persecution of a benign and seemingly harmless spiritual movement it officially views as “a cult of evil.”

Original report from TORONTO SUN

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Taiwan Bans China Doctors Brokering Organ Transplants

Posted by Author on November 23, 2007


By Mary Silver, Epoch Times Atlanta Staff, Nov 17, 2007-

Amidst increasing international outcry over evidence of China’s systematic and large-scale organ harvesting of unwilling Falun Gong practitioners and others, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) recently announced that all doctors from China intending to broker organ transplants are banned from entering Taiwan.

The announcement came as part of a collaborative effort by the MAC, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Justice to issue administrative regulations stopping transplant tourism to China and to conduct criminal investigations into illegal organ brokering between Taiwan and China.

“What kind of country does Taiwan intend to build?” said Democratic Party Legislator Tian Qiujin at an Oct. 29 press in Taiwan’s Legislature, according to Taiwan’s Liberty Times. “If we kept silent about the atrocity of killing or organ-harvesting that occurred in our neighborhood today, we children might eventually take it for granted and follow suit.”

Tien Chiu-chin held the press conference to address allegations that Taiwan doctors were involved in brokering unethical organ transplants for Taiwan citizens in mainland China.

Tien said healthy prisoners in China may be killed for their organs, not executed for their crimes, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. The cash value of the prisoners’ organs, which are sold to waiting transplant candidates, motivates their executions, said Tien. She decried “transplant tourism” to China and called for penalties against Taiwan doctors who facilitate it.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice have proposed to increase punishments for Taiwan doctors who have brokered organ transplants in China.

Hsueh Jui-yuan, director of the Department of Health Bureau of Medical Affairs, said at the press conference that doctors who solicited patients to travel to China for organ transplants could face sanctions from reprimand to revoking their medical licenses.

“The Ministry of Justice says they are waiting for us to give more cases; they will conduct an investigation of all Chinese doctors visiting here,” said Theresa Chu, an international human rights attorney in Taiwan and the Asia director of the Human Rights Law Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to defending human rights.

International human rights attorney David Matas and David Kilgour, co-authors of a report titled “Bloody Harvest,” which investigates allegations of organ harvesting in China, held a public hearing in Taiwan’s Congress last October, Chu told The Epoch Times. “Since then Taiwan began to seriously pay attention to organ sources in China.”

An unnamed official of the MAC cautioned potential transplant recipients to work through legal channels. He said international media have reported that Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners in China have been killed for their organs. A recipient could be party to human rights violations.

Case in Point

One recent high-profile case involves Zhu Zhijun, chief of the transplant department of the Tianjin First Medical Centre in China. Zhu has visited Taiwan on several occasions—including March this year—to conduct evaluations on Taiwanese seeking organ transplants in China.

He and two Taiwan doctors are said to have examined liver transplant candidates in hotels in preparation for the patients going to Tianjin for transplants. Zhu’s hospital is said to be the largest liver transplant center in Asia, handling 600 to 700 transplants a year.

Any medical exchanges between China and Taiwan require the permission of the Ministry of Public Health. However, according to Xue Ruiyuan, head of the Ministry’s medical department, Zhu Zhijun had not received permission from the Ministry to conduct his organ brokering.

If the allegations that he facilitated the sale of organs are proven, Zhu can face a prison term of six months to five years if he returned to Taiwan, said the China Post.

Hsueh Jui-yuan said the Department of Health Bureau of Medical Affairs had asked the Taipei City government Department of Health to investigate Zhu’s visit and to find the names the two Taiwan doctors he worked with.

The Taiwan hospital which invited Zhu, the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Kaohsiung, may face unspecified penalties based on a current statute governing relations between Taiwan and China.

Theresa Chu said other Asian countries will be closely watching what Taiwan is doing to prevent unethical transplant practices. “This matter is very important,” she said.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Canada CBC TV Documentary Probes Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Posted by Author on November 6, 2007


Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong will air on CBC Newsworld on Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, and will repeat on Saturday, November 10 at 4 a.m. ET and 11 PM ET/PT. The film will also be aired in Quebec and Ireland this fall.

By Joan Delaney, Epoch Times Victoria Staff, Oct 29, 2007-Peter Rowe gathering footage for his documentary

“Life there was like being in a den of monsters, but torture couldn’t change us.”

This is how Canadian artist and sculptor Kunlun Zhang describes his time in a Chinese labour camp in Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong, a one-hour documentary airing on CBC Newsworld Nov. 6.

(photo: Peter Rowe, producer and editor of  documentary Beyond the Red Wall, gathering footage at World Falun Dafa Day activities in Toronto, Canada, in May, 2005. /Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

Red Wall recounts how Zhang, a Falun Gong practitioner, was arrested while on a return visit to China in 2002. He was sentenced without trial to three years in a labour camp, where he was severely beaten, repeatedly shocked with an electric baton, and brainwashed in an attempt to have him relinquish his faith.

Liberal Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler, who later became Minister of Justice, teamed up with human rights lawyers and Amnesty International to rescue Zhang, a Canadian citizen and a visiting professor who once taught at McGill University. Zhang’s case became a cause celebre, and before long he was safely back in Canada.

However, untold thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China haven’t been so lucky. Routinely jailed without trial, they face the same sort of brutality inflicted on Zhang simply because they adhere to Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline and meditation practice.

Red Wall documents how Falun Gong became wildly popular in the early 1990s as part of the “qigong boom” that swept China in the spiritual vacuum left behind by the Cultural Revolution.

Chinese Sports Ministry estimates pegged the number of practitioners in the range of 50-70 million. Hundreds would gather in parks and squares across the country to do the Falun Gong exercises each morning on their way to work.

The “great law of the universe” as taught by Falun Gong founder, Li Honzghi, seemed to strike a deep chord in the collective Chinese heart. Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance, the guiding principles of the practice, were catching on in China.

At that time, the Chinese regime sanctioned Falun Gong and many Communist Party officials practiced it. People found that even severe illnesses disappeared with constant practice. As the country’s public health system began to crumble in the 1990s, many people turned to Falun Gong and other forms of Qigong to deal with their health problems.

“[In qigong], many Chinese leaders believed sincerely that they had stumbled upon a new revolutionary Chinese science that was going to change the world,” says David Ownby in the documentary. Ownby is a professor of Chinese History at the University of Montreal.

But after about 10,000 practitioners quietly gathered outside the communist Party headquarters in Beijing on April 25, 1999 to protest harassment of the group, the Party was shaken to the core.

That such a large crowd could mobilize under the radar of China’s ubiquitous Public Security Bureau struck fear in the heart of then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, says Canadian reporter Ian Johnson of the Wall Street Journal, who appears in Red Wall.

“The Party was ticked off, and they followed through in banning Falun Gong with a vengeance that I had never seen against any group in the seven years that I had been in China.”

With a directive from Jiang Zemin that the group be “eradicated,” the official persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999.

What followed was a series of mass arrests and an intense propaganda campaign that vilified Falun Gong both in China and overseas. Soon, disturbing reports began to emerge, telling of the systematic persecution, torture, and execution of practitioners.

Toronto-based Peter Rowe, who wrote, produced and directed Red Wall, says he was prompted to investigate the story behind Falun Gong after seeing practitioners demonstrating against the persecution outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver in 2003.

“It struck me as being an amazing story that people didn’t know about. It’s a mysteriously hidden story, and there are lots of people who don’t know what Falun Gong is let alone anything about the persecution.”

Rowe, who produces the “Angry Planet” series for OLN, says Red Wall was three years in the making. He commends the CBC for taking on such a controversial topic, especially in light of the fact that the network has broadcast rights to the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Canada.

“The fact that they’re willing to broadcast a film that has people in it advocating the boycotting of the Olympics which they themselves are the broadcaster of in Canada is remarkable,” says Rowe.

Rowe is referring to the section in Red Wall that documents the illicit, state-sanctioned harvesting of the bodily organs of Falun Gong practitioners to supply China’s booming transplant industry.

Some who are concerned about the organ harvesting have questioned whether Beijing should have the right to host the Games. In the documentary, Clive Ansley, a Canadian lawyer who practiced law in China, likens Beijing 2008 to the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany, which served to glorify and legitimize Hitler’s regime.

Former Canadian cabinet minister David Kilgour co-authored “Bloody Harvest,” a report on the theft of Falun Gong practitioners’ organs. He speaks in Red Wall about his investigation and how organ brokers freely admitted in phone conversations that they had “Falun Gong suppliers” immediately available to provide organs.

Average wait times for a kidney transplant appear silently on the screen, the figures speaking for themselves: Canada, 2555 days; United Kingdom, 1095 days; United States, 1825 days; China, 15 days.

Red Wall tells how practitioners all over the world have become the voice for their counterparts in China, lobbying politicians and calling attention to the persecution, their sole aim being to somehow bring it to an end.

With its continuing protests and vigils outside Chinese consulates and embassies around the world and its many awareness-raising efforts, Falun Gong has almost become defined by its struggle to end the persecution.

Zheng Weidong, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, denies in Red Wall that practitioners are tortured. He states emphatically that within China, Falun Gong has “crumbled.”

Such is the new party line. Inside China, state media have shifted from constantly vilifying Falun Gong to not mentioning it, as though the group no longer exists.

But behind this façade, reports show that Falun Gong continues on in China— as does the persecution, as severely as ever.

Two-thirds of reported torture cases in China are Falun Gong cases, according to Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture. Human rights groups have documented over 3,000 torture deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and the most recent U.S. Department of State report on human rights highlighted the ongoing persecution.

Far from being eliminated, Falun Gong has even been quietly growing in rural areas and smaller cities, says Guo Guoting, an exiled Chinese lawyer who defended Falun Gong adherents in China before the authorities shut down his law practice. He fled to Canada in 2005.

“In my understanding, Falun Gong is not only a practice for physical health; actually it is a kind of belief, a faith, and nobody can destroy one’s belief,” says Guo. “This is why it’s impossible for the communist regime to destroy Falun Gong.”

Johnson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of features he wrote about Falun Gong, says in Red Wall that the persecution “remains one of the scars on the body politic of China,” and the time has come for the regime to “come out and deal with this and say there was this terrible crackdown, this repression, and these people were systematically persecuted.

“In order for China to move forward, they have to have this kind of a reckoning.”

As Kilgour puts it, “the killing has to stop.”

Beyond the Red Wall will air on CBC Newsworld on Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, and will repeat on Saturday, November 10 at 4 a.m. ET and 11 PM ET/PT. The film will also be aired in Quebec and Ireland this fall.

– Original report from the Epochtimess: CBC Documentary Probes Falun Gong Persecution in China

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Joint Letter Responding to Chinese Medical Association Agreement on Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on October 31, 2007


by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, David Matas and David Kilgour, and Human Rights Law Foundation, October 25, 2007-

An Open Letter Addressed to the World Medical Association

David Kilgour (R) and David Matas (L) (Matt Hildebrand/The Epoch Times)

The recent agreement between the World Medical Association and the Chinese Medical Association (CMA) to end organ sourcing from prisoners in China except for prisoners donating organs to their immediate family members is welcome. We are pleased to see that the agreement covers all prisoners and not just prisoners sentenced to death. This broader terminology means that, in principle, the agreement encompasses also Falun Gong practitioners who are held in detention but sentenced to nothing. Yet it does not remove all our concerns.

A. The CMA is not a governmental entity. Its promise to avoid organ sourcing from prisoners indicates the good will of some Chinese medical doctors. However, it is not binding on the government. The CMA cannot make decisions for the government. The Government sets the rules for associations and not vice versa. The practice of sourcing organs from prisoners, whether prisoners sentenced to death or Falun Gong practitioners, was and is tolerated by the Chinese government. It is only the Chinese government that can stop this practice.

B. Even if it had been the Government of China, which had entered into the agreement instead of the CMA, it is questionable whether the agreement would be effective. The Chinese government has over time issued several laws and regulations prohibiting the selling of organs without the consent of the source. The very repetition of such laws is evidence that these laws are not effective.

The Chinese government has had a history of duplicity in this field. An example is the case of Dr. Wang Guoqi. On June 27, 2001, Dr. Wang Guoqi testified before the Subcommittee on International Operations, Organization, Democracy and Human Rights of the U.S. Congress, that organs for transplants are sourced from prisoners. The Chinese government called him a liar. This position was held until 2005, when for the first time Chinese officials admitted publicly that they indeed harvested organs from prisoners.

C. Liu Zhi, of the CMA’s international department, said that the agreement with the WMA has no legal effect. He expressed the hope that the agreement would influence China’s 500,000 doctors and government decisions. This statement, in our view, minimizes the effect the agreement might have.

At the very least, the CMA can insist that its own members comply with the terms of the agreement as a precondition for continued membership in their association. The fact that the CMA has not done this indicates a less than wholehearted support for the agreement.

D. The agreement does not address the issues of onus and standard of proof. In many cases in China, medical doctors are supplied an organ and told a source, but make no independent determination whether what they are told about the source is accurate or not.

In this regard, the Professional Code of Conduct of the Medical Council of Hong Kong is instructive. One principle is that, “if there is doubt” as to whether the consent is given freely or voluntarily by the organ donor, the profession should have nothing to do with the donation.

A second principle is that the onus is on the transplant professional to ascertain the status of the donor. The professional is not acting ethically as long as he or she makes no inquiries or only cursory ones. The transplant professional, after investigation, has to be satisfied beyond any doubt before participating in a transplant operation that consent was given freely or voluntarily by the donor.

The agreement with the CMA would not mean very much if CMA doctors could claim respect for the agreement simply by turning a blind eye to practices around them. The agreement needs to ensure that Chinese transplant professionals are respecting the substance of the agreement as well as its form.

E. There is no verification system in place to determine whether or not the agreement with the CMA is being kept. Such a verification system needs to be independent from the Government of China and the CMA itself. There has to be transparent documentation of the sources of organs used by CMA doctors in transplant operations. The CMA should make accessible to the World Medical Association and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as human rights lawyer’s organizations, transplantation numbers which involve CMA members, donor names, and the names of the immediate family members who may receive transplants from prisoners.

Regrettably, right now in China there is no publicly available information on numbers of convicts sentenced to death and executed. This information should be publicly available. That would, one would think, be a simple task, now that the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing must approve all death sentences. The CMA should ask the Government of China to make this information available.

F. In China, transplant surgery has become essential for financing the medical profession and hospitals. A dramatic decrease in transplant surgeries would impose a substantial financial burden on the health care system. Without an increase in Government funds to the health care system, it is unlikely that hospitals will cease relying on transplant surgery for funding. While sourcing of organs and payment for organs are conceptually distinct, they are linked in fact. The need for funds pushes doctors and hospitals to increasing transplant numbers and using historically available sources—prisoners.

The CMA agreement does not bind doctors who are not members of the CMA. In particular, it does not bind military doctors who are not members of the CMA or military hospitals. Yet, organ recipients recount that military doctors and hospitals are heavily involved in organ transplant surgery.

H. The agreement with the CMA does not change the Chinese infrastructure for organ transplants. China still does not have a public organ donation program. There is still no law allowing for organ sourcing from the brain dead but cardiac alive. According to Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu, ~95% of all organs for transplants come from prisoners. The implementation of the agreement with the CMA, in the absence of an organ donation system and a brain dead law, would mean that organs for transplantation in China would be almost non-existent, an unlikely result.

I. The mere fact that the recipient is an immediate family member of the prisoner does not automatically mean that the prisoner has freely consented to the donation. Our concern about this exception is heightened by the fact that people in China can be sentenced to death for a wide variety of economic and political crimes. We are aware that this exception is found in the World Medical Association’s Policy on Human Organ Donation and Transplantation. However, it is not to be found in the ethical principles of the Transplantation Society. In our view, the prohibition without exception, which the Transplantation Society has adopted, is preferable to the prohibition with the immediate family member exception, which the World Medical Association has adopted. The case of China highlights why this exception is problematic.

We note the statement of the former chair of the WMA, Dr Yoram Blachar, who led the WMA delegation to China, that differences between the two sides remained. We urge the WMA to continue to press the CMA on this issue until this appalling practice in China of killing prisoners for their organs ends entirely.

Sincerely,

Torsten Trey, MD
Chief Executive Director, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)

David Matas and David Kilgour, JD
Co-authors of the report Bloody Harvest

Theresa Chu, Carlos Iglesias, Terri Marsh, JD
Executive Directors
Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF)

Original letter from David Kilgour’s website

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Behind the Arrest of Japanese Organ Broker in China

Posted by Author on October 22, 2007


By Ren Zihui and Shi Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 21, 2007-

On October 16, Chinese authorities announced that a Japanese man named Hiroyuki Nagase was arrested in China for illegal organ brokerage. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao, Nagase is an employee of IPC Information Service Co., a Japanese-funded enterprise in Shenyang City in northeastern China.

At a press conference, Liu said that Nagase’s company “has been found to have released information on the Internet under the name of China International Organ Transplant Support Center and has helped to arrange organ transplants for Japanese patients since 2004.”

Some consider the arrest as proof of the Chinese authorities’ determination to regulate the notorious organ trade black market in China. However, the website of the International Organ Transplant Support Center stated that the large amount of organ trade is made possible and continuously supported by no other than the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) itself.

The Center’s website was again shut down. The same website has been shut down and re-opened since the discovery of the large-scale organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong is an ancient way of self-cultivation whose theory is based on the principles of “Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance.” For the past eight years Falun Gong and its over 100 million followers have been brutally persecuted in China.

Nagase is the first person China has arrested with charges related to organ trading. The high publicity of the arrest has inspired speculation that the authorities’ real aim is the bigger fishes behind the massive live organ harvesting.

Nagase’s IPC Information Service Co. was registered in December 2003. Since then the International Organ Transplant Support Center had served as a major portal for bringing numerous foreigners to China for organ transplants. The website did not provide information on the sources of the organs.

According to a source from Japan, Nagase was arrested in mid September at Shanghai Airport. But the arrest was not announced until a month later during the CCP’s 17th National Congress, one of the most sensitive periods for Chinese authorities. Considering China’s customary lack of transparency and strict media censorship, as well as its careful avoidance and denial of organ trading, the noise it has made concerning Nagase’s arrest is certainly unusual.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said that Nagase’s company “has not only been doing business beyond what it registered to do, but also violated the regulation of the Ministry of Health prohibiting organ trading in China.” Regarding these remarks, Dr. Wenyi Wang, a pathologist who has been studying and protesting the CCP’s organ harvesting since its discovery, pointed out that the CCP is trying to pass the buck again. Dr. Wang argues that though the website is under the name of Nagase’s company it had been fully supported by the CCP, and had been used as an official government website. “The reason why the CCP used Nagase to run it,” observed Dr. Wang, “is because they know organ harvesting is a sinister crime. Nagase’s role is to be the scapegoat to be sacrificed when the crime is revealed, which is exactly what’s happening now.”

Dr. Wang’s accusation seems to be backed by the statements on the center’s website which expressed gratitude for the strong support from Chinese government without which “the huge numbers of organ transplants can not have been achieved.” The website also mentioned relevant laws issued on October 9, 1984 in China which stated that the government supports the provision of human organs. As the website correctly concluded, China is the only country in the world that issues laws like this.

On its website, the Organ Transplant Support Center listed the typical waiting period for each major organ. According to the list, livers and kidneys can be provided within one to two weeks, with the longest waiting time of around one month; for hearts and lungs, the waiting period is about one month. Moreover, the website promised that if the organ found is not the right match for the patient, the center will find another one within a week.

Obtaining fresh organs in China is disturbingly easy and quick, especially when you consider that in all other parts of the world people have to wait many years for an organ transplant. Experts say that the only possible explanation is that a huge number of living people are used as convenient organ sources.

According to the Center’s website, China had conducted 85,000 organ transplants by 2006, and in 2005 alone 12,000 were conducted. This number is many times higher than that of executed prisoners in China according to official statistics.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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BEIJING GAMES, HUMAN RIGHTS TORCH RELAY AND DEMOCRACY

Posted by Author on October 21, 2007


Speech by Hon. David Kilgour, Dublin, Ireland, October 17, 2007-

BEIJING GAMES, HUMAN RIGHTS TORCH RELAY AND DEMOCRACY

Address by Hon. David Kilgour, Dublin, Ireland, October 17, 2007

The human rights torch relay is already having an impact on the Government of China because of its concerns about the success of its Beijing Games next summer.

All of us involved with the relay are asking the party-state to:

  • End the persecution of Falun Gong immediately and release all practitioners,
  • Stop harrassing the friends, supporters and lawyers for Falun Gong victims, such as Gao Zhisheng, Li Hong and Li Heping, and
  • Hold discussions to open up forced labour camps, prisons,hospitals and related facilities for inspection by independent organizations.

David Matas and I of Canada have done an independent report into allegations of organ pillaging from Falun Gong practitioners. We looked at 33 avenues of proof and disproof. For example, we interviewed the ex-wife of a surgeon, who told us he removed the corneas from about 2ÖÖÖ anaestesthetized Falun Gong prisoners in Shenyang city during a two-year period before October, 2ÓÓ3. Her testimony was credible to us.

It’s easy to take each piece of evidence and say that this or that one does establish the case conclusively, but it was the combination of all of them, each pointing in the same direction, that led to our chilling conclusion that over six years”the government of China and its agents killed a large number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience and sold their vitals organs for high prices often to organ tourists. Virtually no independent reader of our report we know has not been been convinced of the validity of our conclusion, which can be accessed in 18 languages at organharvestinvestigation.net.

This new crime against humanity is incompatible with the Olympic Charter and Olympic movement. It also violates the UN Universal Delaration of Human Rights and many other international instruments dealing with human dignity.

If the role of the government in organ pillaging had been known by the International Olympics Committee when it awarded the 2öö8 Games to Beijing, I choose to believe that no such choice would have occurred. Similarly, the activities of the same government since both domestically and abroad, particularly in Sudan/Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe, and in its ongoing abuses of China’s natural environment, should also disqualify it.

If anyone is not persuaded that the efforts by many across the world on the particular issue that brings us here today are not paying off, consider some recent media reports. One of them in the Sydney Morning Herald on Oct. 1Öth was headed, ”Olympic jitters behind China’s organ pledge.” The first part of the article reads: ”China has conceded that international pressure before the 2ÖÖ8 Olympic Games is behind its latest pledge to crack down on illegal organ transplant.”

The vice-chair of the Chinese Medical Association, Chen Zhonghua, is quoted in the article saying that ”huge international pressure” led to the latest commitment. He added to the South China Morning Post,”China is worried that if it doesn’t take a stand on this, some countries may use this issue as a pretext to boycott the Games”. In short, the torch relay is taking China’s government in a human rights direction.

This verbal undertaking by the Chinese Medical Association must now be followed by deeds because there have been similar promises in the past. When will it take effect? Does it apply to military surgeons, who are now doing so many of the transplant operations in both civilian and military hospitals? Matas and I are told they are not included.

Governance Reform Needed

Permit me to add some thoughts about related issues of governance in China. Why does the Hu-Wen regime not allow open political competition? Why not respect basic liberties for all the people of China? Why does it still imprison more journalists than any other government on earth? Why does the rich-poor gap continue to widen across the country? What kind of ‘harmonious society’ has a penal code which prescribes capital punishment for 65 offences, including ‘undermining national unity’? Why does the legal system regularly use torture to induce confessions? Why is there no such thing as independent judges and the rule of law anywhere in China?

Tibetan Buddhists, Muslims and Christians face frequent harassment and sometimes much worse. Thousands of North Koreans refugees who manage to enter China are sent back to face arrest, torture and sometimes death.

Over the past weekend, the new figure on the EU trade deficit with China was released: 185 billion dollars for only the first nine months of 2OO7. If this trend continues, will any European have a good job with good wages twenty years from now? We have, of course,a similar challenge in Canada. For example, Goodyear Tire put 85O employees out of work near Montreal about five months in order to move production to China. We’ve since seen our neighbour recall large numbers of tires made in China for safety reasons…… ( more details from David Kilgour’s speech)

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CIPFG Questions China’s Pledge to End Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on October 16, 2007


Media release, CIPFG, Oct.08, 2007-

An organization established to investigate accusations related to the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual group is questioning the Chinese Medical Association’s recently-announced agreement to stop harvesting organs from prisoners and others in police custody. The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) doubts the promise will have any real meaning.

“We believe this could just be a cover to ease international pressure on the Chinese regime to improve its human rights practices,” asserts Dr. Sherry Zhang, a spokesperson for CIPFG. “Despite numerous promises they made in order to host the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese government is suppressing the media, religious groups, ‘dissidents’ and ordinary citizens even more severely than before.”

The Coalition was formed in March of 2006 after a Chinese journalist working for a Japanese television station exposed the presence of a concentration camp in northeast China where 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been held for the purpose of harvesting their organs for profit. Subsequent witnesses, including the former wife of a neurosurgeon at the facility, supported the journalist’s shocking expos? A witness who identified himself as a retired military doctor revealed there were at least 36 similar concentration camps operating across China.

On July 6, 2006, two Canadian attorneys – David Kilgour, the former Canadian secretary of state for Asian-Pacific affairs and David Matas, a respected human rights attorney – released the results of their own investigation. The report affirmed large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners in China for profit. “Organ harvesting of unwilling donors where it is either systematic or widespread is a crime against humanity,” stated the authors of the report.

“The Chinese regime has never been able to challenge any of the evidence raised in the Matas and Kilgour report,” according to Dr. Zhang. “CIPFG has tried many times to obtain visas so that we can conduct investigations in China, yet we are repeatedly denied. As long as the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China continues, we remain doubtful that the Chinese regime will end this heinous practice.”

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG)

Original report from CIPFG

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China Lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s Open Letter to the U.S. Congress (2)

Posted by Author on October 14, 2007


by Gao Zhisheng, on Sept. 12, 2007, published on the Epochtimes in English on Sep 27, 2007-

Open Letter to the U.S. Congress

Gao Zhisheng

<< previous (cont’d)

I. The Ongoing Bloody Religious Persecution

The virtues taught by true beliefs, when manifested in society, mean only disaster to the evil. Though the freedom of belief is dictated by China’s constitutional law, the communist regime has never stopped fighting people’s right to choose their own beliefs, a right that is justified by human nature. On the other hand, without a court that can enforce the constitutional law, the law has no effective bonds. Even so, the communist regime takes great pains to make sure the constitutional law is completely suffocated with numerous orders and regulations (for example, the Annual Regulation on Religious Affairs issued by the State Council of China).

The bloody persecution of Falun Gong, starting in 1999, has surpassed all evils ever known to mankind. In the past eight years, over 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been confirmed killed, and countless others injured. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been sent to labor camps. Millions were illegally detained in the countless brainwashing camps established in every corner in China by the notorious 610 Office, an agency founded to lead the persecution of Falun Gong. Such brainwashing camps require even simpler procedures for admittance than the labor camp system, while the methods used to “educate” the practitioners are shockingly cruel.

Tens of millions have been persecuted in various ways. A large number of children have been expelled from school only because their parents practice Falun Gong. Some of the children were left unattended or even homeless after their parents were arrested. (Since last August my daughter met many such children who lingered at the gate of her school. The children, though homeless, risked their lives to come up to my daughter to express their condolence and support. When my daughter came back to relay the message, we were stabbed to the heart.)

The eight-year-long suppression of Falun Gong is so far the most long-lasting and the most serious human-rights disaster in China and in the world. This is why I am emphasizing it early in this letter. As a proof of this persecution, I’d like to recommend the investigative report I composed after doing an investigation myself. The report records the legally acceptable evidence that I collected as an attorney (See: http://en.epochtimes.com/news/5-12-16/35876.html ).

One of the cases in the report involves 28-year-old Liu Boyang, who held a bachelor’s degree in medicine, and his mother, who were both Falun Gong practitioners. The mother and son were tortured to death in the same building, within less than 10 days of their arrest. The last several nights before their deaths, the two could hear each other’s tragic cries during the torture. The Chinese police serving the communist regime committed horrible crimes to the mother and son, setting a record of shame that blemishes human dignity in history. By the time I was writing my third open letter to the Chinese leaders, the corpses of the mother and son were still held by the 610 Office that had killed them. Some other victims are still alive to testify about the persecution.

So today, I would take the liberty to ask you, and to ask all of mankind, the following questions:

1. Are the eight-year-long persecution of Falun Gong and the crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese Communist Party only a problem for the victims? Or are they problems for all of mankind?

2. Are the CCP’s genocide and their crimes against humanity a threat only to the victims, or are they a threat to the moral values of all of human society?

3. Is mankind capable of dealing with such genocide and crimes against humanity committed under the protection of state power? Here three sub-questions may be asked:

A. Does today’s society have the courage and conscience to stand up against the long-standing and openly committed genocide? B. If yes, do we have the capability to stop it?

C. Judging by the definition of crimes against humanity and genocide stipulated in international laws, a large number of CCP officials’ conduct meets all the criteria for both crimes, including Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Zhou Yongkang and Liu Jing. As for evidence, it is nothing but ample. So after all, it’s a question of whether mainstream international society has the sense of responsibility and courage to honestly face this evidence. The evidence includes:

1). For each of the over 3,000 confirmed cases of Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted to death (the number is still growing thanks to our indifference), we have:
a. their full name, date of birth, ID, and addresses
b. detailed accounts of how they were tortured to death
c. documents to prove their deaths
d. their corpses, ashes, and tombs as material evidence
e. testimony from their living families or friends
f. evidence for their arrests in most cases
g. for those whose organs were removed, the stitching on the bodies and the telephone conversation record with involved hospitals, and evidence provided by the transplant doctors involved
h. a large number of photos of the dead bodies
i. The people responsible for the killing are still alive and can be summoned and investigated by a special tribunal.
2). Many Falun Gong practitioners were never heard from after their arrest. Their families can testify.

3). Over 100,000 survivors who can testify about the tortures they suffered, such as electric shock on private parts, tortured with the “tiger bench,” and pricked by sharp bamboo sticks.

4). Tens of thousands of surviving Falun Gong practitioners who had been detained in labor camps

5). Those who are stilled jailed in labor camps

6). Millions who used to be detained in the brainwashing camps

7). Those who are still detained in the brainwashing camps

8). A large but unidentified number of children who were expelled from school and left homeless

9). Tens of millions who lost their jobs and financial sources, who were denied freedom and the right to go abroad

10). People of conscience within the CCP system who can serve as witnesses

4. The issue all of us have to face is whether to pursue punishment [of the criminals]. Is China an exception when it comes to Public International Law for its crimes against humanity and genocide? We should not ignore difficulties to start this process due to the fact that the CCP has seized state power to give shelter to the criminals. However, it is feasible, possible, and necessary from the perspective of International Law to launch criminal procedures, including issuing arrest warrants, to bring the criminals to justice.

A significant part of this letter will be dedicated to the Falun Gong issue, as the persecution of Falun Gong is the worst disaster to humanity in this era. It does not mean, however, that the rights of other religious groups in China are not violated. The CCP’s continuous suppression of Christian family churches is comparable to the shocking persecution of Falun Gong. Except for large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, where people strongly oppose the persecution and force the dictators to become somewhat restrained, the persecution in townships and villages toward family church members is no different from the disaster suffered by Falun Gong practitioners.

In my hometown, a small county, the number of arrested, detained, and robbed family church members each year is far beyond those persecuted Falun Gong practitioners [in the county], and this illegal persecution has been going on for a long time. Based on my investigation on the persecution toward family church members in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the CCP has trained a dedicated group of police to focus on harassing, persecuting, and suppressing family church members, year-in and year-out. Just recently Mr. Zhou Tong and others in Xinjiang were illegally detained. The CCP’s persecution of Christians is an open secret.

In recent years, the CCP has also escalated the level of brutality and cruelty of its persecution toward Tibetan Buddhists. (to be cont’d……)

Pages: 1, 2, 3

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China: Beijing Hospital Confirms Live Organ Transplant Banks

Posted by Author on October 12, 2007


The Epoch Times, Oct 10, 2007-

On September 20, 2007, a Sound of Hope Radio reporter called the Dermatology Department at the Peking University (PKU) People’s Hospital to inquire about a skin transplant. The doctor he spoke with revealed that live skin of the required type is delivered immediately to the hospital from the skin bank.

A doctor from the Transplant Division of the Department, Dr. Li, told the reporter if he needed skin from a third party, there is a state-run live skin bank that can provide a matching donor. Dr. Li also mentioned the skin comes from young living individuals. The following is the recording:

Reporter: “Do you have skin from death-row prisoners?”

Dr. Li: “You mean allograft skin (skin flap from another person)?”

Reporter: “Yes.”

Dr. Li: “Of course we do. We have a bank for skin grafts like that.”

Reporter: “How does the bank work?”

Dr. Li: “Our skin bank stores skin grafts from living persons only. It doesn’t take skin from dead people because the cells are dead and it will be useless to plant it in your body. The skin grafts are kept in a liquid culture media and will stay alive for 24 fours.”

Reporter: “I want skin from a young healthy individual, is it possible?”

Dr. Li: “Definitely.”

Dr. Li also revealed: “The skin banks are supplied by a national network. We order a specific type of skin and it will be delivered immediately from one of the banks. All the banks are integrated and belong to a network approved by the government. There are eight skin banks in the country, one of them is located right here in Hebei Province.”

This live skin bank interview revealed by the PKU People’s Hospital matches the results of an investigation of an international organization. This interview proves that there is a large live organ transplant bank organized by the government. The Chinese government is accused of removing live organs from Falun Gong practitioners or death row prisoners to supply national organ transplantation.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Peking University Hospital Confirms Live Skin Transplant Banks

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No Human Rights, No Olympic Games in China: Speech by David Matas

Posted by Author on October 7, 2007


China and the Olympic Games

 

Speech to a public rally Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
By David Matas, October 4, 2007David Matas

David Kilgour and I have written a report which came to the conclusion that there is widespread organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioner in China. Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their organs which are sold for large sums to foreign transplant tourists. Our report is on the internet for anyone to see. All our sources of evidence are set out in the report and our independently verifiable.

The Falun Gong are a group of innocents. Falun Gong is an exercise regime with a spiritual dimension. Yet, China is afraid of anyone who believes in anything besides the absolute rule of the Communist Party. China has unleashed the full force of state brutality against these innocents.

Whatever you may think of our report, it is incontestable that there is systematic persecution of the Falun Gong. The Falun Gong have been arbitrarily detained in the hundreds of thousands, brutalized, tortured, and killed in the tens of thousands. They are by far the biggest victim group in China.

China has prohibited the participation of the Falun Gong and many other groups in the Olympic games. China has even prohibited the attendance at the Games of Falun Gong practitioners and many others.

The Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter state:

“1 … Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on … respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

2 The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

4 The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind …

5 Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

Jacques Rogge, the Belgian head of the International Olympic Committee asked people not to politicize the Olympic games. Politics is a matter of opinion about which people can reasonably differ. Respect for human rights is not a matter of opinion. There is no reasonable voice which can justify violations of human rights.

Demanding Chinese respect for human rights does not amount to politicizing the Olympic games. It amounts only to asking for respect for the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter.

The Communist Party of China has used the awarding of the Olympic games to justify its own hold on power in China. Now, that is a politicization of the Olympic Games.

Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer, in a letter to the United States Congress dated September 12, called on the Government of China not to use the Olympic games to legitimize its own hold on power. For this letter, Gao was arrested and has since disappeared.

I call on China, the International Olympic Committee and the Dutch Olympic Committee to respect the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter. The way China is behaving now is incompatible with the Olympic movement. I say that the International Olympic Committee should insist, if the Games are to continue to be held in China, that:

1. China should allow every person to compete in the Olympic games regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs.

2. China should allow every person to attend the Olympic games regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs.

3. Organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China must stop.

4. The persecution of Falun Gong in China must stop.

5. Gao Zhisheng must be released.

I say to the International Olympic Committee to respect your own Charter and tell China: no human rights in China, no Olympic games in China.

David Matas is a lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Original article from David Kilgour’s website

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Australia Chinese Electorate Press Howard To Condemn Organ Harvesting in China

Posted by Author on September 25, 2007


Ben Doherty, The Age, Sydney, Australia, September 25, 2007-

BENNELONG’S influential Chinese community wants its local member — Prime Minister John Howard — to take a stronger line with China over its human rights abuses.

The community told Mr Howard yesterday that Australia needed to do more to publicly condemn organ harvesting and other violations.

Mr Howard was at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club for another public appearance in his now-marginal electorate, this one a question-and-answer session with a carefully vetted local audience.

Arriving in West Ryde shortly after 10.30am with his wife, Janette, Mr Howard was afforded a standing ovation by the 300-strong audience.

After a brief address, during which he stressed that his Government was focused on its future not its past, he threw open the floor to questions.

“If you’ve got a bit of advice you want to give me about running the country, you please go right ahead and give it to me,” he said.

For more than an hour, Mr Howard answered questions on the economy, skills shortages and education funding.

At one stage, he was interrupted by a young woman with a disability walking up and hugging him in the middle of a response to a question about Australia’s ageing population.

With the starting gun set to fire on an election campaign any day now, the Prime Minister is talking directly to electors more and more, a move away from the tightly controlled, carefully choreographed modus operandi of most Australian politics. He held a similar public question time at an event in Melbourne recently.

But yesterday’s Q&A was hardly the equivalent of taking to a stump on the banks of the Yarra.

Audience members were carefully screened, for “security reasons” The Age was told (presumably to keep The Chaser or Labor Party plants out) — and those who were allowed to attend were identified by a red sticker worn on their clothing.

Some of the questions put to Mr Howard could have been written at Liberal Party HQ, such was their partisanship, but others, on issues such as disability services and dental waiting lists, were more taxing.

But questions about China dominated the session.

One man said to the Prime Minister: “There’s a great crime going on in China, it’s the crime of organ harvesting. Can you please convince me the Australian Government is doing something about it?”

A woman asked: “Will your Government push for a third-party intervention in China, because of this new form of evil?”

All told, four questions out of 20 related to China.

In response, Mr Howard said he “totally opposed” organ harvesting as abhorrent, and said Australia had maintained a human rights dialogue with the Chinese Government.

“And on regular occasions we make it plain that there are aspects of human rights abuse in China with which we do not agree and of which we are highly critical.”

He said Australia was prepared to disagree with its biggest trading partner, citing the defection of the Chinese consulate official who sought, and was granted, political asylum in Australia, and the Prime Minister’s decision to meet the Dalai Lama, as decisions taken in opposition to China’s wishes.

“But the best way to get progress in these things is not to engage in a whole lot of public lecturing and public hectoring. That does not work. We think the best way to get improvements in human rights in countries like China is to engage the Chinese authorities.”

Bennelong has a large and politically active Chinese community.

Nearly 10,000 people, more than 7 per cent of the electorate, are Chinese-born. Australia-wide, 1 per cent of the population was born in China. In Bennelong, 8.3 per cent of people speak Cantonese as their first language at home and 6.4 per cent Mandarin, compared with 1.2 per cent and 1.1 per cent nationally.

– Original report from The Age: Bennelong’s Chinese press PM on human rights action

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Australia’s Stance on Human Rights Questioned for Its Statement on China Olympics

Posted by Author on September 22, 2007


By Shar Adams, Epoch Times Australia Staff, Sep 21, 2007-

Concerns have been raised about the Australian Government’s commitment to human rights and ethical principles following a statement from the Minister for Sport that it does not matter if the Chinese Communist Party is torturing and slaughtering thousands of prisoners of conscience, Australia would still participate in the Beijing Olympics.

Commenting on a Canadian report on illegal organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China, Sports Minister George Brandis said Australia would not boycott the Games even if the allegations on organ harvesting were proven, AFP reported.

“The Australian Government isn’t making a link between the two issues,” Senator Brandis said.

“There’s no issue about Australia’s participation in the Beijing Olympics being reconsidered.”

Dr Noel Preston, Adjunct Professor in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law Justice and Governance, said Senator Brandis’s statement reeked of “political pragmatism” at a time when Australians wanted “moral courage and consistency” from their leaders.

“All sides of Australian politics need to examine the Chinese situation more carefully before they reject the option of an Olympic ban. Anything less reflects badly on their moral credibility,” Dr Preston said.

The Federal Government recently banned the Australian cricket team from touring Zimbabwe on the grounds of that government’s appalling human rights record.

“The stories of torture and brutality,” Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, said on Melbourne’s 3AW, of Zimbabwe, at the time, “I mean, that’s the sort of thing the Gestapo did and you just can’t tolerate that”.

Dr Preston said the Australian public had not been afraid to take a stand for human rights in the past citing South Africa during the apartheid era.

“I believe many Australians would support government action to impose sporting bans including a ban on the forthcoming Olympics given the shadow of human rights violations hanging over the current Chinese regime,” he said.

Queensland Democrat, Senator Andrew Bartlett said the Australian GovernmentAustralia Senator Andrew Bartlett should be doing all it can to end the Chinese regime’s system of human rights abuse rather than being solely focussed on economic gain.

(photo right: Senator Andrew Bartlett)

“If our Government is serious in opposing human rights abuses, it can’t pick and choose the issue depending on how it impacts on our trading relations.”

Senator Bartlett said that the Olympic Games were about unity, peace, coexistence and respect but Australia should “not turn a blind eye to the torture and suffering of our fellow human beings for the sake of a handful of medals”.

“If, after a full and transparent investigation of these allegations [of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China], they are shown to be true, then the government must do all it can to get China to clean up its act,” Senator Bartlett said. “If that means a boycott of the Olympics, so be it”.

International human rights lawyer, David Matas, co-author of the Canadian report on illegal organ harvesting, said human rights in China had deteriorated so badly as a result of that country holding the Olympic Games, a boycott was understandable.

Mr Matas said that along with many other persecuted groups in China, Falun Gong practitioners could not, compete, coach, train or even attend the Olympic Games under the present Chinese regime. These sort of restrictions coupled with many other human rights concerns compromised the fundamentals of the Olympic charter, he said.

“When the Olympic organizers and participants violate their own ideals to kowtow to China, it is not just the victims of human rights violations who suffer, bad as that is,” Mr Matas said in a statement. “It is the Olympic spirit being undermined by the Olympic leadership.”

Spokesperson for Free China, Dave Rubacek said Senator Brandis’ statement sends a dangerous signal to the present Chinese Communist Party

“It is sending a green light to China that it can do whatever it wants,” Mr Rubacek said, “They will just think we don’t care.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Australian Sport’s Ministers Stance on Human Rights Questioned

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Australia Says Would Attend The Beijing Olympics Even If the Organ Harvesting Allegations Were Proven

Posted by Author on September 20, 2007


AFP, Sep. 19, 2007-

SYDNEY (AFP) — Australia on Wednesday ruled out boycotting the 2008 Beijing Olympics over China’s human rights record.

Sports Minister George Brandis said Australia would attend the Games, despite allegations from the Falun Gong spiritual movement that Beijing is involved in “harvesting” the organs of jailed members and other dissidents.

Brandis said Australia would not boycott the Games even if the allegations were proven.

“The Australian government isn’t making a link between the two issues,” Brandis told parliament.

“There’s no issue about Australia’s participation in the Beijing Olympics being reconsidered.”

The minister said there were other ways for Australia to address human rights issues with China, although he did not specify what they were.

China last month overtook Japan as Australia’s number one trading partner, with two-way trade between the countries exceeding 40 billion US dollars as Chinese demand for Australian resources continues to boom.

China outlawed Falun Gong, which combines meditation with Buddhist-inspired teachings, as an “evil cult” in mid-1999.

Since then the group, which claims to have more than 100 million followers worldwide, has campaigned from abroad against what they claim is brutal persecution of their followers in China.

Earlier this year, Canada’s former secretary of state for the Asia-Pacific, David Kilgour, and human rights lawyer David Matas released a report saying the Chinese military were harvesting and selling the organs of executed prisoners.

China denied the claims, saying organ transplants were strictly controlled.

– Original report from AFP: Australia says no chance of Beijing Olympics boycott

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David Kilgour: Organ Pillaging AND Olympic Games in China

Posted by Author on September 20, 2007


Notes for Address by Hon. David Kilgour, New South Wales Parliament Auditorium, Sydney, Australia, September 7, 2007, published on David Kilgour’s website

APEC

 

ORGAN PILLAGING AND OLYMPIC GAMES

David Kilgour  David Kilgour

David Matas and I of Canada concluded to our horror following an independent investigation that since the latter part of 2000 the government of China and its agencies have murdered thousands of Falun Gong practitioners across China without any form of prior trial and then sold their vital organs for large sums of money often to ‘organ tourists’ from wealthy countries, including APEC member countries. There is no indication that organ pillaging is on any agenda at the APEC heads of government and business meetings here this week.

If any of you doubt the weight of the cumulative evidence in our report, you can access the revised version in seventeen languages from the first item on the header page of david-kilgour.com. Virtually no independent person I know who has read it is not convinced of the dismaying validity of our conclusion. Some in national governments of varying political stripes, who are no doubt privately persuaded, unfortunately choose to say otherwise in public because to concur that such crimes against humanity are continuing in China would presumably require some different bilateral policies with the party-state in Beijing, quite possibly in respect of its Olympic Games in the summer of 2008.

None of these deaths would be occurring if the Chinese peoples as a whole enjoyed the rule of law and their government believed in the intrinsic worth and dignity of each one of them. Most human lives in China have no more value to those in power there than does the natural environment, pensions (only a fifth of workers have them), work safety, health care for farmers, or the lives of African residents in Darfur. In my judgement, it is the toxic and lethal combination of totalitarian governance and virtually ‘anything goes’ capitalism that allows this new form of evil to continue across the Middle Kingdom today.

One of the members of the Chinese delegation to the APEC conference now in this city is Commerce Minister Bo Xilai. Bo was governor of Lianong province when egregiously brutal tortures and murders of numerous Falun Gong practitioners took place. The Matas-Kilgour report quotes in appendix 18 a woman whose then surgeon husband removed the corneas from the eyes of approximately 2000 practitioners in a hospital in Bo’s province while he was governor. There are lawsuits proceeding against him in ten countries, including Canada, and I’m told that he is being served this week in Sydney for another begun in Australia.

The propaganda phase of the government of China’s war begun in mid-1999 against a then estimated 70-100 million Falun Gong practitioners demonized, vilified and dehumanized them in the state-controlled media. Many Chinese nationals and others outside China were thereby persuaded to think of the community as disruptive and tragically even somehow less than human.

As Ross Terrill of Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre for East Asian Research puts it in his thoughtful 2003 book, The New Chinese Empire: “The Fearful State in Beijing had transformed Falungong from a harmless, health-promoting lifestyle choice of millions of mostly older Chinese into a menace to the “stability and unity” of the Red Middle Kingdom. That loyal and quite senior members of the CCP, some in the army, police and air force, were among the Falungong membership did not undermine the imperative to stamp out a potential, if unwitting, philosophic challenge to the state.”

The phenomenon recalls the similarly inhuman media campaign unleashed by the government of Rwanda against the minority Tutsi community in that country prior to the genocide there between April and June, 1994

My own experience with Falun Gong practitioners in the almost forty countries David Matas and I have now visited, seeking to raise awareness about what is continues to be done to them in China in order to bring it to a full halt, has been overwhelmingly positive. They really do attempt to live their core principles of “truth, compassion and forbearance”, which are by the way shared by most of the world’s religions. I recall, for example, sitting in an Athens park a month ago with some of them when someone spotted a Euro coin on the ground. No-one would pick it up because the practitioners felt it was unearned and thus should be left where it was.

One wonders why is it that in only one of the seventy or so countries where practitioners live are they persecuted mercilessly by an unelected regime? Their huge and growing popularity among the Chinese people during the 1990s was clearly one reason, but another was no doubt that the values of those in power in Beijing are clearly at the opposite end of the ethical spectrum from their own.

There has been no independently-reported instance of a Falun Gong practitioner using violence to respond to police and other attacks by officials upon them since July, 1999. The UN Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Novak, concluded following his visit to China a year or so ago that fully two thirds of the persons being tortured across that country were Falun Gong practitioners. How can such a government be hosting next year’s Olympic Games?

Matas and I have spoken in various places to a small number of the tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who have been sent to labour camps since 1999, who managed to leave both the camps and China itself. They worked in appalling conditions for up to sixteen hours daily with no pay and little food, making export products, ranging from garments to chopsticks to Christmas decorations for multinational companies. As this constitutes gross corporate social irresponsibility; the CEOs of multinational companies using forced labour subcontractors within China should be held fully accountable.

Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, wrote in Wealth of Nations that all business must rest on an ethical base and that all transactions must be fully voluntary. Where then is the basis for multinational companies in APEC member countries investing shareholders’ money in China today? What is the World Trade Organization (WTO) doing about such obvious violations of its rules by the government of China, contrary to solemn undertakings it made upon joining the WTO six years ago? How can multinationals subcontract for forced labour when only a little effort on their part would indicate that the prisoners of conscience manufacturing their consumer products have rarely been convicted of, or even charged with, any offence? Did we not recently celebrate the 200th anniversary of the end of slavery in countries like Britain?

Finally, for those who assert naively that they are not Falun Gong practitioners and thus have nothing to worry about in China, consider what Pastor Martin Niemoller said after his years in Hitler’s concentration camps ( I thank our courageous host here in this legislative building, Rev the Hon.Dr Gordon Moyes, MLC, for reminding me of this famous quote):

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

“Naming and Shaming”

What can we all do to stop organ pillaging? E-mails to MPs, friends and blogs will help. Probably ‘naming and shaming’ the party-state in Beijing with placards in front of embassies, consulates and events attended by Chinese officials offer the best leverage in the months leading up to the Olympic Games next August. As the world saw in the case of Mia Farrow’s ‘Genocide Olympics’ comment about Darfur, the regime does listen when the success of its Games might be in jeopardy. Let’s use some ‘Bloody Harvest’ placards.

People of conscience should come out to support the Global Human Rights Torch relay when it comes to more than 100 cities in 35 countries on five continents. You can get more information on the web at www.humanrightstorch.org. Thank you.

– Original report from David-Kilgour.Com : ORGAN PILLAGING AND OLYMPIC GAMES

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New Zealand MPs Discuss China’s Bloody Organ Harvest

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007


By Sarah Matheson, Epoch Times Staff in Wellington, New Zealand, Sep 13, 2007-

New Zealand Government officials met with Canadian dignitaries on Tuesday to discuss the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Green MP Keith Locke, Labour MPs Steve Chadwick and Russel Fairbrother, National MP Wayne Mapp, and independent MP Gordan Copeland, met former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and International Human Rights Lawyer David Matas in a select committee room at Parliament House.

National MP Wayne Mapp said he hoped to raise China’s organ harvesting in Parliament on Thursday.

He said politicians feel there are a number of things they need a higher level of evidence about before they can act.

“One is the scale of the camp system in China, we know it’s extensive but we don’t know how big it is. Is it small or big?

“The second thing is the number of Falun Gong practitioners arrested without trial.

“The third thing is 3032 people tortured to death for practicing Falun Gong, we need to substantiated that.”

Mr Matas replied the details for each victim are in the appendix of the report he wrote with Kilgour called the Bloody Harvest.

Mr Kilgour then asked Mr Mapp if he had read the report. He said he hadn’t.

Mr Kilgour asked the MPs to table the report in Parliament. It is a revised report released in January that almost doubles the evidence of their first report.

Mr Mapp replied it would be better if they tabled the Bloody Harvest at a Select Committee meeting.

Auckland City Councilor and member of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) Cathy Casey also attended the meeting with the MPs.

“Last year I had my kidney removed and I know why people would go to China – it’s not their fault. There are 300-400 people on waiting lists in New Zealand for a kidney transplant,” Dr Casey said.

Auckland’s sister city – Guangzhou brought the city around $50 million last year, mainly through international students. Dr Casey said when the new mayor is elected she will ask him to raise the organ harvesting issue with his Chinese counterpart.

“What kind of society is this that we allow these atrocities to happen?” she asked.

MFAT meeting

Mr Matas and Mr Kilgour also met a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) official earlier on Tuesday.

Mr Matas and Mr Kilgour expressed their concern about the looming Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China to the MFAT official, because they said, a large number of goods from China are made in forced labour camps.

The MFAT official replied that a customs inspector in Beijing would ensure that no Chinese products made in forced labour camps would enter New Zealand.

Mr Kilgour said one customs official was “laughable”.

Fair Trade not Free Trade

Mr Kilgour asked 250 people at a public forum called Behind the Rise of China at Victoria University, whether they supported a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Two people raised their hands in support.

The panelists raised concerns about the organ harvesting of Falun Gong, Internet repression, human rights abuses, the two China’s – the one perceived by Westerners and the one the Chinese people see, unsafe products from China, counterfeit goods, and the use of slave and child labour.

Amnesty International campaign manager Gary Reese said unfortunately the use of child labour was on the increase again in China.

“Labour rights are virtually nonexistent in China.

“There is only one union and it is sanctioned by the Government. It is not doing a good job,” he said.

Amnesty International estimates 250,000 people are detained in labour camps in China, and a 2006 US State Department report shows that more than 50 percent of the prisoners held in these camps are Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr Matas said getting statistics about executions in China is very difficult because the Chinese regime will not give them to outsiders.

“Amnesty International tabulates deaths from executions by tabulating newspaper reports. And there is no way newspapers document all executions,” he explained.

Mr Matas has been involved in investigating the Holocaust.

The Bloody Harvest report is available in 17 languages and provides 33 different kinds of evidence of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China, Mr Kilgour told the MPs.

Evidence from the Bloody Harvest report

41,500 organs transplanted in China could not be accounted since 2001

There is no donor system in China – executed prisoners supply the Chinese organ trade.

A Chinese surgeon removed the eyes of 2000 Falun Gong practitioners, appendix 18.

Phone calls to 15 hospitals in China to inquire about the use of Falun Gong practitioners organs in transplant operations, appendix 14.

SOURCE: Bloody Harvest: Revised Report Into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China. Kilgour, D., and Matas, D. January 31, 2007. http://www.organharvestinvestigation.net

Original report from the Epochtimes

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