DAFOH: Have you made any new discoveries in your research on forced organ harvesting in China? Ethan Gutmann: Well, let me lead off with something I can’t fully talk about until my book is released. I interviewed well over a hundred individuals for The Slaughter. Among them was a surgeon with a peerless reputation for integrity…Details
Edward McMillan-Scott, MEP is the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Democracy & Human Rights
He is one of the most outspoken front runners in Europe (and globally) in the combat against the unethical, forced organ harvesting in China. For years, he was significantly involved in raising awareness against forced organ harvesting in China, leaving a strong voice for human rights and human dignity. He faces now his reelection in the European Parliament on May 22, 2014. His reelection, independent from any partisanship, is very important for the continuation of his work in the European Parliament which has just passed a critical resolution on Dec 12, 2013.
He received the
– Medal of Honour 2013 for Democracy and Human Rights work, and the
– MEP Awards 2012 Outstanding Contribution for Single Seat campaignDetails
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | April 11, 2014
Wang Haibo, an unofficial spokesperson on China’s organ transplant policies, recently told a well-known German journalist that the Chinese regime had no intention of announcing a schedule for weaning itself off the use of organs from executed prisoners.
“The question is, ‘When can China solve the problem of the shortage of donor organs?’ I wish we could end it tomorrow. But it requires a process,” he said in a radio program on ARD, a major German public broadcast network.
“Many things are beyond our control,” he added. “Therefore, we can not announce any time schedule.”
The journalist, Ruth Kirchner, said that Wang agreed to the interview “after long hesitation, because organ donation connected to the death penalty is a sensitive issue in China.”Details
by Hon. David Kilgour, JD.
Dear fellow democrats,
Permit me to congratulate the many thousands of you for having demonstrated your principles to be outside the Yuan every day for almost three weeks in rain and shine. I understand that public support for your “Sunflower Student Movement”, the coalition of students, academics, civic organizations and others, has been building since March 18, and that there was a huge citizen rally-some say as many as half a million- here in the capital on Sunday last week.
The Taipei media indicates today that the students will leave the Yuan on Thursday, thanks to the courage and integrity of Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. Permit me as a former Deputy Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons (1993-97) to say how proud his public service above any partisan interest no doubt makes all independent speakers around the world.Details
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | April 7, 2014
Two foremost international transplant organizations have penned an open letter to Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, calling China’s system of organ transplantation corrupt and “scorned by the international community,” while exhorting the Party leader to make thoroughgoing changes.
The publication of the missive jointly signed by the Transplantation Society and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, which appears in the journal Transplantation this month, represents a sharp break from the careful and nonconfrontational approach that the international transplant establishment has for years taken toward China. In the past, voices of criticism were hardly to be heard above the enthusiastic promises of cooperation and tinkling of cocktail glasses at diplomatic receptions.Details
By Carol Wickenkamp, Epoch Times | April 1, 2014
Hong Kong University (HKU) defended its honorary doctorate award this month to one of the architects of China’s highly criticized organ transplant system after the University of Hong Kong Students’ Union criticized the decision.
After meeting with China’s former vice minister for health, Huang Jiefu, the union issued the critical statement, pointing to Huang’s admission that the Chinese regime had taken organs from prisoners sentenced to death. A spokesperson for the students’ union said Huang told them he did not know where the organs came from, that he represented only the recipient, a position that did not seem to square with his own admissions of removing organs from executed prisoners.Details
Revised remarks to the European Economic and Social Committee
19 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium
by David Matas
I want in this talk to cover three topics: the evidence on the killing of Falun Gong for their organs; recent developments and next steps to combat organ transplant abuse in China.
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.Details
By Omid Ghoreishi, Epoch Times | March 31, 2014
The Chinese regime’s macabre practice of killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs was raised before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva recently by the Vancouver-based Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada.
Speaking at a session reviewing the UNHRC’s report on China’s human rights record, Vani Selvarajah of Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada reiterated a recent European Parliament resolution demanding an immediate end to the forced harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China, “mainly Falun Gong practitioners.”Details
China Forbidden News l Mar 28, 2014
Exposure is growing about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Nearly 1.5 million people globally have signed a petition calling for the CCP’s live organ harvesting practices to end. In China, people have also started a wave of petitions, and are demanding an investigation into these crimes. In Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, as many as 11,015 Chinese have signed a petition.
Following persistent exposure and clarification about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong, more Chinese people are becoming aware of these crimes. A petition to end live organ harvesting has rapidly spread across China. In mid-December 2012, 310 people in China signed a petition to end organ harvesting, and a call to investigate the involvement of CCP officials Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai. At the end of 2013, a further 6,259 people have also signed the petition. During 2014, petitions against live organ harvesting continue to grow inside China.Details
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | March 26, 2014
An organization in Europe has sought to put organ harvesting in China at the top of the agenda during the current trip to Europe of Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping.
Xi arrived in Europe on March 22. He met with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 24 and is holding meetings with various European officials and governmental representatives, among them European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
The European Economic and Social Committee said its plan was to “welcome” Xi Jinping to Europe when they held a forum on March 19 which announced that the Chinese regime’s use of organs “from prisoners of conscience, executed persons, and minorities groups, to be sold in China or outside the country, is a disgrace for humanity and should end immediately.”Details
Minghui.org l March 25, 2014 | By Yinzheng from China
When I was held in a women’s prison, they took a sample of my blood. The label on the test tube said, “Blood-DNA.” At that time, I only knew that DNA had something to do with genes and could be used in paternity tests. I wasn’t sure why I had to have a DNA test in prison.
I recently found out that DNA screening is required for an organ transplant. I then remembered that I had read about living Falun Gong practitioners having their organs removed and sold to patients who needed organs.
It suddenly became clear to me that the things the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials did to practitioners who were imprisoned, including blood tests and DNA screening, were connected to organ harvesting. The results from blood and DNA tests were logged in a database so that the information could be retrieved any time someone needed to purchase an organ.Details
NTDTV – Mar 22, 2014
A high profile conference was held in Brussels on Tuesday for the representatives of the civil society, European Parliament, NGOs, doctors and lawyers on organ harvesting in China.
“Scandalous and unacceptable” — that is what the European Social and Economic Committee is calling the practice of organ harvesting from live prisoners of conscince in China.
[Henri Malosse, President of EESC]:
“It is really scandalous what’s happened and unfortunately is still happening in China with authorities authorizing the harvesting, stealing of organs from prisoners, people coming from minorities, from executed persons to be sold to foreigners or to local people. This is not acceptable.”
The View From Inside China’s Brutal Prison System
By George Karimi | March 20, 2014
By now many of us heard the Chinese Communist Party’s promises to close its system of forced labor camps. While I sincerely hope this comes to pass, the other forms of detention in China have not gone away—in particular, the regime’s notorious prison system remains as brutal and lawless as ever. I was an inmate of Chinese jails for seven years, and have seen and experienced what conditions there are like.
Abuses in countries outside China have been reported because inspectors are allowed there. But never since the Communist Party came to power in 1949 has it allowed unfettered, independent investigation of its vast detention system. When UN personnel visited in 2005, their movements were severely restricted.Details
Finland Gets a Taste of Chinese Communist Political Struggle
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | March 19, 2014
The small Nordic country of Finland was recently treated to a peculiar piece of political theater: A Chinese woman was kicked out of its anti-immigration party for being too discriminatory.
This particular conflict had its genesis in an unassuming email sent by the organizer of a human rights forum. The topic? Organ harvesting in China. Specifically, the harvesting of organs of living practitioners of Falun Gong, a persecuted spiritual discipline, by the Chinese Communist Party’s military and security apparatus.
Belle Selene Xia, a deputy city councilor of Helsinki with the True Finns, a right-wing political group that tries to stay out of trouble, received the email. Xia happens to be a staunch supporter of the policies of the Chinese Communist Party. Some people in her position, occupying political office in a famously liberal country, might therefore ignore the email. But not Xia.Details
European Economic and Social Committee – EESC,
PRESS RELEASE No 20/2014
The President of the European Economic and Social Committee – EESC, Henri Malosse, opened the Conference entitled “Organ Harvesting in China: Europe must act now” hosted at the EESC in Brussels. He considered ‘scandalous’ that such a practice is being undertaken by the Chinese authorities and hoped the European Union leaders would take up the issue with Chinese president, Mr. Xi Jinping, during his visit to Brussels on the 31st March 2014.
President Malosse declared that using body parts from prisoners of conscience, executed persons and minorities groups, to be sold in China or outside the country, is a disgrace for humanity and should end immediately.Speakers in the debate also included Members of the European Parliament, representatives of NGOs, lawyers and doctors fighting against the practice, calling for the respect of the fundamental rights in China. They all affirmed that the trafficking in human organs violates medical ethics and international human rights standards adopted by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association, the Transplantation Society and other international organizations.Details
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Parliamentarians Against Forced Organ Harvesting (PAFOH), a new group created in Australia’s Parliamentary Friendship Groups whose purpose is to raise awareness among Parliamentarians of the issue of forced organ harvesting and transplant tourism across the world. Contact Persons: Senator John Madigan Mr Craig Kelly MP Co-Convenors John Madigan is a good man and an uncompromising…Details
Ruslana Lyzychko, Ukrainian protest leader, encouraged Chinese people to rise up against the pathologies of the communist regime, like illegal organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners who are killed for profit.
Ruslana Lyzychko, the most successful Ukrainian singer and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine in 2004, received the International Women of Courage Award in Washington, DC on Thursday. Ruslana took part in the popular uprising in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and spent months alongside demonstrators calling for change.
[Ruslana Lyzychko, Ukrainian Musician]:
“You know that justice is on your side and this gives you strength. If you are a positive person, you pray to God and you have strong moral principles, you have nothing to be afraid of.”
OTTAWA—Canada formally acknowledged reports that the Chinese regime is engaged in organ harvesting without consent for the first time at the United Nations on Wednesday.
Canada’s statements at the United Nations are often noteworthy for their specificity and forcefulness, a trend that continued last week.
Canada’s comments were the only ones to prompt response from specific countries, as most other countries speak in generalities and those with documented abuses use the opportunity to make couched statements that deflect from their own human rights issues.
Canada’s human rights adviser at the U.N., Anne-Tamara Lorre, set the precedent during the Interactive Dialogue on Freedom of Religion at the U.N. in Geneva. The dialogue was focused on reports from two human rights-related special rapporteurs at the 22nd meeting of the current session of the Human Rights Council.Details
For years the international transplant community proceeded under the assumption that China’s organ transplant system would be shifting away from a reliance on prisoner organs, and instead developing its own voluntary donation system.
The matter has been at issue since 2006, after dark revelations emerged about mass, live organ harvesting from practitioners of Falun Gong, a persecuted spiritual discipline. Chinese officials said that only prisoners on death row, due for execution, were harvested for their organs. And only after giving consent.
Since then, organizations like The Transplantation Society and the World Health Organization sought out ways to cooperate with China, and were generally careful not to say anything that could be construed as negative about the Chinese Communist Party’s transplant system. International cooperation and progress were the watchwords.
But those efforts seem to have paid off very little indeed, judging by recent remarks by Huang Jiefu, China’s organ czar.Details