THE PARTY’S TESTING GROUND: Recent Trends in Chinese Organ Harvesting of Prisoners of Conscience

BY ETHAN GUTMANN “Uyghur Struggle for Human Rights” Conference. European Parliament, Brussels, October 22, 2015 My objective today is to present some important new evidence about state-controlled organ harvesting of political and religious dissidents in China. I’ll begin with a brief review of what we know. Then, I’ll contrast that with how the Chinese Communist…

Transparency of organ donations: The case of China

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

Update on Numbers – Organ Transplants & Sources in China

figuresby David Matas

Remarks prepared for a parallel and poster presentation to the World Trade Congress, San Francisco, California, USA, 29 July, 2014)

How many organ transplants are there each year in China? What are the sources of these organs?

David Kilgour and I, in a report published first in July 2006 and then January 2007 , concluded that there were 41,500 transplants in the six year period 2000 to 2005 where the only explanation for the sourcing was Falun Gong practitioners. In November 2009, in our book Bloody Harvest, we concluded that, since our report, matters got worse, that there had been an increase in sourcing of organs from Falun Gong practitioners .

The Government of China has acknowledged that organs for transplants done in China has come overwhelmingly from Chinese prisoners. The claim of the Government of China has been that these prisoners who are the sources of organs harvested for transplants are convicted criminals sentenced to death and then executed who consented before execution to the use of their organs for transplants.

Rally Commemorating 15 Years of Falun Gong Persecution by party-state in China 

By Hon David Kilgour

Embassy of China, 515 St. Patrick St. Ottawa
17 July 2014

Thanks to Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Paul Li, a survivor of the persecution, and to all of you for coming today to protest the crimes against humanity that have now continued for 15 years against Falun Gong practitioners across China.

Photo: Alex Neve of Amnesty International speaking at Chinese embassy in Ottawa on commemoration of 15 years of persecution of Falun Gong.

This event is part of a global mobilization marking the persecution of Falun Gong in China launched on July 20, 1999. I understand that vigils will be held across Canada and in various other rule of law countries around the world in front of Chinese embassies and consulates marking this day of shame.

Flip flopping in China over sourcing organs from prisoners

20140531-2_2by David Matas

A public lecture at the Galbraith Building, University of Toronto, 28 May 2014

I want in this talk to cover two topics: the evidence of the killing of Falun Gong for their organs; and recent developments in China on this issue.

Evidence

I am a lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in private practice. My clients are primarily refugee claimants seeking protection in Canada. I have been engaged in this work for almost all of my professional career.

Because my clients flee human rights violations, I have become familiar through my work with the human rights situation in many countries, including China. I try, as best I can, not only to assist my clients in obtaining protection, but also to combat the human rights violations which caused them to flee. In addition to tribunal and court work for individual clients, I have become involved in research, writing, advocacy and activism in the broader human rights scene.

Update and next steps: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs

david-matasRevised remarks to the European Economic and Social Committee

19 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium

by David Matas

I want in this talk to cover three topics: the evidence on the killing of Falun Gong for their organs; recent developments and next steps to combat organ transplant abuse in China.

Evidence

I am a lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in private practice. My clients are primarily refugee claimants seeking protection in Canada. I have been engaged in this professional work for almost all of my professional career.

Because my clients flee human rights violations, I have become familiar through my work with the human rights situation in many countries, including China. I try, as best I can, not only to assist my clients in obtaining protection, but also to combat the human rights violations which caused them to flee. In addition to tribunal and court work for individual clients, I have become involved in research, writing, advocacy and activism in the broader human rights scene.

Corporate Responsibility, Ukraine/Putin, Beijing Governance/ Organ Pillaging/Economics

1912469_1459304954286646_1135203503_nHon. David Kilgour, JD.
To M.B.A students
University of California at Irvine
March 10, 2014

It’s good to be back in a state where your tw0 trillion dollar economy now appears to have regained its place as the 8th largest in the world, and where your recent Academy awards ceremony was evidently seen live in about 200 countries. It’s of interest for Canadians to know that there are more Californians than Canadians and that as of several years ago there were an estimated 700-800,000 Canadians living in this state. Having last Friday left about three feet of snow in Ottawa, it was a pleasant shock to feel the temperature in the 80-degree (F) range over the weekend.

David Kilgour’s speech to the Knesset of Israel

Screen-Shot-2014-02-20-at-2.24.32-pm-676x41217 February, 2014

Honourable members of the Knesset,

Permit me to thank you for the welcome given to the recent delegation from Canada.  The visit and our prime minister’s address to the Knesset were widely reported across our country.

Permit me to repeat four excerpts from the speech:

“Canada supports Israel fundamentally because it is right to do so … The special friendship between Canada and Israel is rooted in shared values … Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law … when (universal values) are threatened anywhere, they are threatened everywhere.”

When human dignity is denied in a major way in China, it can threaten us all, so I hope the legislators and peoples in both our countries will do what is correct without misplaced fear.

All of us in the international coalition to end organ pillaging/trafficking in China can be pleased that you’re holding this important hearing.

Time is urgent; I am certain that men and women convicted of nothing are currently being killed in China so that their vital organs can be sold.

The Italian Parliament and Chinese organ transplant abuse – by David Matas

Presentation to a Senate Human Rights Committee hearing and a Chamber of Deputies briefing session.

Italian Parliament

19 December 2013

I wrote a report with David Kilgour in June 2006 which concluded that prisoners of conscience in China, practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong, were being killed for their organs which were being sold at high prices to transplant patients. We produced a second version in of our report in January 2007 and a third version in book form under the title Bloody Harvest in November 2009. Our report prompted the founding of a non-governmental organization Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting or DAFOH. I and Dr. Torsten Trey, the founder of DAFOH, co-edited a book of essays on organ transplant abuse in China published in August 2012 under the name State Organs.

A. Evidence
While it would take far too long to go through all the evidence which led me, David Kilgour and other researchers to the conclusion that Falun Gong are being killed for their organs, I will mention a few bits.

Reaction to a comment from Dr. Jeremy Chapman – by David Matas

Reaction to a comment from Dr. Jeremy Chapman

07 December 2013

Dr. Jeremy Chapman, former president of The Transplantation Society, has been quoted as having made this comment about the killing of Falun Gong for their organs: “I heard your accusations that it was happening. I have seen no evidence of using any executed prisoners other than through judicial process in China. There are stories of criminal murders, which have occurred in China, individual cases. David Matas’ report does not provide evidence. You are seeing smoke and saying this fire is burning FLG victims, and you are not showing us that data. I can’t substantiate it. We are very clear that China should not use organs from executed prisoners.”

The source of the quotation is Christine Hond, Australian Epoch Times. See
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/382146-transplant-doctors-concerned-about-china-organ-trade/

My reaction is this:

It is true that The Transplantation Society has been clear that China should not use organs from prisoners and that is to their credit. Sourcing of organs from prisoners, any prisoners, is ethically wrong, according to medical ethics.

Sourcing from prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong, is more than just a violation of medical ethics; it is a crime against humanity. Whether the crime has been committed is not or should not be a matter of indifference to the profession.

One consequence from establishing the existence of the crime would be avoidance of collaboration with criminal transplant professionals. As well, the international transplant profession, if it is established the crime has been committed, would be, I suspect, the first to want to call for prosecution of the perpetrators.

Prevention and Cure – by David Matas

Combating organ transplant Abuse in China: New Developments

(Remarks prepared for a forum in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 February 2013)
David Matas

I. Introduction
The bulk of organs for transplants in China come from prisoners of conscience, predominantly practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong. That was the conclusion of research in reports published in June 2006, January 2007, and in the book Bloody Harvest, November 2009 all of which I co-authored with David Kilgour and in the book State Organs August 2012 I co-edited with Torsten Trey.

One reason, amongst many, that David Kilgour and I came to the conclusion we did is that the precautions which should be in place to prevent the abuse were not in place. After the first version of our report, we launched on a global advocacy campaign to attempt to end the abuse we had identified. The book State Organs is a reflection and continuation of that campaign by joining together professionals from around the world, each making their own contribution to the ongoing effort.

Since the release of the first version of our report, more than six and a half years have passed. In the intervening period, much has changed, and not always for the better. This paper focuses on the changes both in China and abroad, the changes in China for better and worse and the changes abroad to attempt to prevent the abuse and to remedy the wrongs inflicted.

Misgovernance, Predatory Economy and Organ Trafficking in China – by Hon. David Kilgour, J.D.

Civita Norway
Oslo
21 November 2013

Permit me to begin by stressing that my respect for the Chinese people is longstanding. It grew during several visits to the country and meeting both nationals and members of the vast Chinese Diaspora. It is no accident that more than one million Canadians of origin in the Middle Kingdom are our most-educated cultural community. It was an honour to represent many of them in our Parliament for almost twenty seven years. Let me also note here something that diplomats, sinologists, journalists and business executives sometimes forget: China is its peoples, cultures and history far more than its unelected government. The criticisms many of us within and beyond China have are of its governance, but we also acknowledge that the economic policies of paramount leader Deng enabled hundreds of millions of Chinese families to lift themselves by hard work and intelligence out of grinding poverty–a state of affairs that existed unimproved from 1949 until the thrice-purged Deng made major reforms in the economy beginning in 1978.