Letters: Stop forced organ harvesting in China

Thank you, Tribune, for your work through the years to help us all be more aware of events and concerns in our state, nation and our world.

Thank you to all four Utah congressmen, who were among the first of a total of 215 Representatives who have co-sponsored H. Res. 281 “expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”

Thank you to the U. of U. Hinckley Institute for hosting the forum Sept. 19, “Forced Organ Harvesting in China and its Effect on the U.S.”

Letters: Resolution on China can save lives

Condemnation of organ harvesting co-sponsored by Petri and Ribble
I’d like to sincerely thank Rep. Tom Petri and Rep. Reid Ribble for co-sponsoring House Resolution 281.

We are probably all well aware of the human rights violations committed in China by the communist regime. This has weighed heavily on my mind. Sipping tea and reading through my favorite forums, I discovered an article regarding state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China. I was shocked.

Although it may be difficult to believe, the Chinese communist state forcibly removes organs from prisoners of conscience for a very lucrative transplantation industry.

The victims of what has been called “a new form of evil on this planet” are just like you and I — normal people. The vast majority of those who have died on the operating table are those who practice Falun Gong, a traditional meditation/spiritual practice that incorporates gentle exercises and promotes truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. By 1999, it was estimated that over 70 million people in China were practicing Falun Gong.

David Matas Combatting in Utah

 BY DAVID MATAS

(Remarks prepared for delivery to the University of Utah, 19 September, 2014)

I want today to address two topics, the evidence about the killing of Falun Gong for their organs and what Utah can do about it.

Evidence

I am a lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in private practice. My clients are primarily refugee claimants seeking protection in Canada. I have been engaged in this professional work for almost all of my professional career.

 

Because my clients flee human rights violations, I have become familiar through my work with the human rights situation in many countries, including China. I try, as best I can, not only to assist my clients in obtaining protection, but also to combat the human rights violations which caused them to flee. In addition to tribunal and court work for individual clients, I have become involved in research, writing, advocacy and activism in the broader human rights scene.

Chinese organ harvesting targets political, religious prisoners

BY CARLEN ZHANG

Journalist Ethan Gutmann recently delved into one of China’s darkest secrets: the Chinese Communist Party’s monstrous live organ harvesting practice.

In March 2006, the first word about live organ harvesting escaped China, when a surgeon’s ex-wife fled from China to reveal that Chinese authorities in a concentration camp in Sujiatun, China murdered Falun Gong practitioners for their organs. She stated that the organs are removed at a nearby hospital (the Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine) while the practitioners were still alive. Her husband said that most of them were strong and healthy and breathing when their organs were removed. Her husband confirmed that the prisoners at the Sujiatun camp were all Falun Gong practitioners, and since the Chinese Communist Party deemed the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners as “suicide,” the hospitals were free to remove organs without formal procedures.

Chinese Doctors Involved in Cambodian Organ Trafficking Scheme

BY EPOCH TIMES

An organ trafficking ring operating out of a Cambodian military hospital was broken up in August, as Cambodian police made nine arrests, including at least one Chinese doctor and professor who acted as a consultant and trainer for the group.

State-led organ harvesting is common in the People’s Republic of China, especially involving military hospitals, but until now has remained confined to the PRC.

“This isn’t the exact China model of organ harvesting spreading to other countries—it’s not going that far,” said Dr. Torsten Trey, the executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a medical advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. “However, it seems that there is a systematic approach to foster organ trafficking in areas where there was no organ trafficking before.”

The Chinese doctor who was scooped up in the raid was there training local doctors in organ transplants—a practice that in China primarily targets death row prisoners and prisoners of conscience, researchers said.

David Matas: ‘Transplant Tourism from the Middle East’

BY DAVID MATAS

Remarks prepared for delivery to the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation, Istanbul, Turkey, 10 September, 2014
There needs to be more of an effort in the Middle East to combat transplant tourism from the Middle East. National professional associations should require compliance with international standards.
My focus is, in particular, transplant tourism from the Middle East into China. Why I have this focus will, in the course of this presentation, become apparent.

International Standards
These professional international standards worth noting:
• The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee Policy Statement ‑ Chinese Transplantation Program November 2006 and Mission Statement (TTS).

• The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism May 2008 (Istanbul)
• World Health Organization Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, May 2008 (WHO)
• World Medical Association Statement on Organ and Tissue Donation October 2012 (WMA)

Body Theft: An Ongoing Exhibition

BY CHRISTINE FORD

Dead human bodies are being injected with plastic and sent on a world tour, making German anatomist Gunther von Hagens extremely wealthy. So, what is wrong with that, you ask? Must be educational?

The Body World exhibition, as it is called, has been on a world tour for decades, but the snag is, claims have been made that the bodies of executed Chinese prisoners – which include prisoners of conscience – are spliced open and put on display around the world for the paying public, which includes many school groups.

An investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann is an expert on the topic of forced organ harvesting in China, where prisoners of conscience, mostly Falun Gong practitioners – a peaceful spiritual discipline- are killed for their organs.

He challenges von Hagen to allow the dead bodies in the exhibition to be DNA tested. “We now have a show which is travelling around which may have the DNA of murdered prisoners of conscience,” Gutmann said in an interview with NTD Television. “I’m not an expert, but these look Chinese.”

“There is another Body show going around the world. It’s actually bigger. It’s run by Von Hagens’s former manager Sui Hongjin,” Gutmann said in a statement, which was read out to the press and public.

Unbelievable! Over 2,500 Signatures from a City in China!

BY MINGHUI
Between February and June 2014, 2,595 people in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, and surrounding areas signed a petition denouncing these crimes, and demanding that the organ harvesting be stopped.

One woman was enraged after hearing about the atrocity, “The CCP is killing people! Who wouldn’t sign the petition to stop it? I am signing it!” She also brought 14 of her relatives to sign the petition.

A government employee was angry after seeing a picture depicting the live organ harvesting, “I can’t believe that in a country that boasts itself as a ‘socialist spiritual civilization’ and ‘harmonious society,’ such inhumane crimes can be happening. Anyone with a conscience should ask for justice. I am signing the petition.”

A person visiting from a nearby county said as he signed, “The Party is so evil. It ruined my whole life. During the ‘land reform,’ my family was put in the ‘rich peasant’ category and has suffered ever since.”

The lady who brought 14 relatives to sign the petition was very happy. Her sister-in-law had had cirrhosis and stomach bleeding. She frequently went to hospitals and had just had surgery in Beijing.