A petition with more than 70,000 signatures was presented to David Shoebridge and Jamie Parker, Members of the Parliament for the State of New South Wales (NSW) at at press conference in front of the state Parliament building on April 24, 2013. The petition seeks an end to the illicit harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners by asking the NSW Parliament to amend existing laws regarding organ trafficking.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and prominent human rights lawyer Mr David Matas C.M. will be the keynote speaker at upcoming events, providing details of the latest research and initiatives aimed at stopping the lucrative, but highly unethical, practice of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.
Falun Gong practitioners are marking ten years since China banned the spiritual and exercise movement as a national security threat, in the wake of a mass demonstration by adherents in Beijing in April of 1999. Thousands have since been detained, tortured and killed. Advocates say the bodies of dead Falun Gong practitioners remain the key source of organs for the booming domestic trade in illegal transplants.