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.
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.
Amnesty International says there are more than 300,000 practitioners in 36 labour camps where more than 3000 practitioners have been tortured to death since 1999. The pair have official figures that there were 78 organ transplants in China between 1991 and 1999. This increased to 254 in 2000, to 486 in 2001 and there have been 3000 transplants since 2003.
A local protest against China’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners have been raising a petition to send a message to our politicians.