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.
The dawn of the 21st century has brought with it a new kind of evil – the mass harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience. We are confronted with not only a few acts of murder, but murders that are systematic and committed on a large scale, sanctioned by the world’s largest remaining communist regime. This is the tragedy of organ harvesting in China, where victims’ organs are forcibly harvested and sold for profit.
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.
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.
Sponsored by the organization, Free China, and co-sponsored by over 20 groups, a large-scale rally and parade with the theme, “The CCP Must Immediately Stop the Killing” was held on September 6, 2007 in downtown Sydney. A major focus of the rally and parade was a reenactment that exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Numerous media organizations took photos of the reenactment from beginning to end.
The Canadians supervised calls to several hospitals by Mandarin speakers purporting to be acting for patients seeking urgent transplants, getting some doctors and officials to admit taking organs from young and healthy Falun Gong prisoners.
From the Matas-Kilgour report: “The Organ Transplant Center of the Armed Police General Hospital in Beijing boldly states: ‘Our Organ Transplant Center is our main department for making money. This year (2004) there is a chance to break through 30,000,000 yuan (about $3.8 million U.S.).’ ”
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.
On January 31, 2007, two Canadian investigators released the revised version of their investigation report in which more direct evidence was added, showing that victims of live organ harvesting are Falun Gong practitioners. Such operations involving harvesting organs from living individuals have been undertaken in hospitals across China.