July 6, 2006
OTTAWA (Reuters) – A respected Canadian human rights lawyer
and a former Canadian cabinet member lent their weight on Thursday to charges
that China has been killing Falun Gong dissidents so it can use their organs.
The two men — lawyer David Matas, and David Kilgour, former secretary
of state for Asia and the Pacific — spent two months investigating the accusations,
which China has regularly denied.
"It is simply inescapable that this
is going on," Kilgour told reporters as he and Matas released their findings.
They provided transcripts of phone calls placed in Chinese to detention
centers and organ transplant clinics in which officials said organs from Falun
Gong practitioners could be made available for speedy use.
Some of the
calls were placed on behalf of the Falun Gong by people inquiring about whether
they could get organ transplants. Matas and Kilgour said they had carefully examined
phone records and had sat with certified Mandarin translators as they listened
to the taped conversations.
They also conducted interviews of their own
and investigated government records and other evidence.
I used to be a prosecutor. I knew there would be cynicism and I did my utmost
to make sure that everything was satisfactorily and properly and ethically done,"
One call, made on June 8, was to a Mr. Li in the Mishan City
Detention Center in Heilongjiang province, according to the transcript.
you have Falun Gong (organ) suppliers?" Li was asked.
to have, yes," he replied.
"What about now?"
"Can we come to select, or you provide directly to us?"
"We provide them to you," Li said, adding that price would be
discussed when the caller arrived. He said he had "quite a few" Falun
Gong males under age 40 from whom organs could be taken.
the transcript of an interview he conducted with a woman who said her former husband,
a surgeon, had taken corneas from 2,000 people over two years. She said the victims
would first be given an injection that would cause heart failure.
has banned Falun Gong, a spiritual group, since 1999. It rejects the organ harvesting
Matas said the practice amounted to a crime against humanity.
"Our findings are shocking. To us, this is a form of evil we have yet to
see on this planet," he said.
He said that if China rejects the findings
it should make sure hospitals keep records of the source of each transplant that
would be available for inspection by human rights officials.
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Original article date: 6/July/2006
Category: Media Report