Practitioners of Falun Gong were forbidden to communicate openly. Yet as the guards motioned for them to begin walking, Wang felt the group fall into step like a gentle migrating herd. He looked down at the red earth, streaked with straw and human waste, to the barren mountains on the horizon. Whatever lay ahead, Wang knew they were not afraid.
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.
American Dr Erping Zhang and Canadian David Matas will be in Australia from 4th to 17th August and will present at various functions in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra on issues relating to China’s Internet control, abusive organ sourcing, human rights, religious freedom and the Olympics.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held the Health Ministers Conference on June 6, 2007, in Sydney. Falun Gong practitioners from Australia held a press conference outside the conference hall and hosted an activity titled ” Great Wall of Facts” to expose the CCP’s harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
After nearly six months of continuous investigation, Canadian investigators Mr. David Matas and Mr. David Kilgour have more evidence to support the allegation of the Chinese Communist Party’s organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.
Belgian Senator Patrik Vankrunkelsven from the Flemish Liberal Party announced this week that he recently conducted his own investigation of organ harvesting in China and was urged by hospital staff to come for an operation before February when supplies would decrease.
International reports have suggested that of the 60,000 organ transplants the China Medical Organ Transplant Association recorded between 2000 and 2005, only 18,500 came from identifiable sources.
Reports that Falun Gong practitioners in China are being killed to extract their kidneys, livers, hearts, corneas and other organs have prompted the establishment of a delegation which will travel to China to investigate the allegations by interviewing both government officials and Falun Gong practitioners.
China’s ambassador to Ireland is to be asked to appear before an Oireachtas committee to discuss claims that the Chinese authorities have been harvesting bodily organs from prisoners.
A report investigating alleged organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China was presented to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs today.
Amnesty International new statement on Organ Harvesting – Amnesty international has appealed to the Chinese authorities to stop the campaign of persecution of Falun Gong, including by releasing all those detained solely on account of their peaceful religious or spiritual beliefs and practices.