Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre) introduced Bill C-500, a Private Member’s Bill that would address the trafficking of human organs and other body parts.
At a press conference held at the Canadian Parliament on May 30, 2007, acclaimed Jewish scholar and chairman of the Organ Donation Committee of the Kidney Foundation for Eastern Ontario, and the chair of the “Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China” (CIPFG), Rabbi Reuven Bulka, declared that boycotting the Olympic Games 2008 is not politics, but a human rights issue.
The wife of a diplomat stationed in the Chinese Embassy in Canada has defected,
bringing with her documents and testimony said to expose illicit activities organized
by the Chinese Embassy against Falun Gong practitioners, democracy activists and
other critics of the Chinese regime.
Canada and other countries should discourage or prevent their citizens from going to China to get human organs whose “donors” may have been killed so that the organs could be harvested, a team of human rights lawyers said on Wednesday.
On January 10, Canadian Prime Minister Harper had a special greeting clip delivered to the Ottawa organizing committee of Chinese New Year Spectacular two days before the Show.
In the larger picture, China has the highest number of executions in the world–not surprising in a country where 68 separate offences warrant the death penalty. The population is constantly monitored on the Internet, aided by western high-tech giants like Google, and the crackdowns on popular protests, whether for the return of seized land or simply religious freedom, can be brutal.
The Prime Minister said he would not downplay Canadian values for the sake of the “almighty dollar”. And “neglecting human rights hasn’t opened a lot of doors”, considering the size of Canada’s trade deficit with China. Canada has become a leading venue for Falun Gong activity.
Canada has sent a Chinese diplomat packing for spying on Falun Gong practitioners while posted in Ottawa, says a newspaper report.
Since the Conservatives have come to power in Canada, the government has been cooling off its relations with China by avoiding meetings, canceling trips to China, and similar actions.
Former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and international human rights attorney David Matas gave a talk and answered questions about their investigative report on organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to a group of reporters, politicians, experts and scholars at the Newsmaker Breakfast at the National Press Club of Canada.