Italian Congress Shows the Double Face of Organ Transplantation

BY EPOCH TIMES

ROME—The congress of the Italian Society of Organ Transplantation (SITO) concluded in Siena, Italy, end September. Doctors and professional workers shared with the public the reality of a sensitive issue. From one side, Italy is one of the most advanced medical countries in the world, from another side, there is still poor information about the illegal organs’ market, which flourishes in some regions of the world.

Speakers who took turns on stage showed the same desire: give an organ to about 9,000 patients on the Italian waiting list. “We could do more,” said Professor Franco Citterio, SITO President, during an interview with Epoch Times.  “We see that when people are informed, the number of donations increases.”

Professor Citterio recalled the 20th anniversary of Nicholas Green’s death – the 7 year old American boy killed by mistake by the Mafia in southern Italy. His parents’ altruistic decision to donate his organs, saving thus seven people, was widely publicized by media.  The donation figures increased dramatically in Italy from that day, which reached 2,841 transplants in 2013.

The First Criminals in Live Organ Harvesting Announced

BY NTDTV

Since organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners was first revealed in 2006, the relevant evidence and information about the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) crimes have continued to be exposed. WOIPFG, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, announced the first list of medical staff alleged to have participated in live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. They are either the suspects committing genocide and murder or witnesses.

WOIPFG announced on Sept. 27 the first list of alleged organizations and members of 228 hospitals and 1,814 medical staff in China.

WOIPFG stated, whereas the CCP has committed the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity by its persecution of Falun Gong, live organ harvesting is a serious breach of medical ethics and of any law enacted by mankind. Therefore, any individual participating in organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners or prisoners of conscience must take full responsibility for their actions. These accused doctors, nurses, anesthetists, and etc., prior to providing credible and reliable evidence to prove his or her innocence, should be regarded as suspects committing genocide, murder or witnesses.

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.

Kidney Stone Removal Becomes Kidney Removal in China

BY EPOCH TIMES

A Chinese woman in Shenzhen City recently went to hospital for what she thought was a small surgery: to remove kidney stones. During the surgery, however, doctors told her that her left kidney must be removed for her to survive. After she sought an explanation for what was going on, she was reportedly told “we’ll compensate you as much as necessary.”

The 32 year-old Wei Jianmin was diagnosed with kidney stones on Aug. 24 in Guangsheng Hospital, in Shenzhen, according to the state-run Yangcheng Evening News. After learning from a doctor that surgery to remove the stones is minimally invasive and only costs 800 yuan ($130), she opted to do it right away.

By 2 p.m. the same day she was in an operating room.

She awoke from anesthesia at around 7 p.m., still lying on the operating table. At around 9 p.m, a group of doctors and nurses came in and drew some blood. They then came back and said that needed to take out her left kidney.

“The doctor told me that it’s a must to remove the kidney, otherwise I won’t survive until tomorrow,” Wei recounted, in interviews in the Chinese press.

Hospital in China’s South Was Awash With Organs

BY EPOCH TIMES

Throughout the 1980s, Chinese authorities ran a secret hospital at the base of Baiyun Mountain in China’s south, where death row prisoners were executed and their organs made available for transplant into the bodies of overseas Chinese, according to the testimony of a former official.

The former official, identified by the alias of “Mr. Wang,” recently spoke to Epoch Times in New York about his experiences and knowledge. As a former cadre in the Guangdong Province Returned Overseas Chinese Association, he had opportunity both to visit the hospital and speak to those who had worked and stayed there as patients.

Overseas Chinese Associations are groups, often attached to the Chinese regime, that the Communist Party may use to penetrate and manage the Chinese population overseas, ensuring that they maintain a patriotic stance toward the regime. This is a mission that has been part of the regime’s activities for decades.

The All China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese is directly under the control of the Party. On its website it calls itself “a link between the party and government to overseas Chinese, their family, and returned Chinese.”

Human-rights issues surround S.F. convention

BY DAFANG WANG, SF EXAMINER

Doctors from around the world descended upon San Francisco for the World Transplant Congress meetings held at Moscone Center West July 26-31. They discussed many of the technical issues involved in this highly complex medical procedure. But outside the conference, Falun Gong practitioners such as myself gathered to raise awareness about one of the most horrific crimes known to mankind — the forced organ harvesting from unwilling victims that has taken place in China in the past 15 years or so.
Based on mounting evidence and eyewitness accounts, human-rights activists and medical professionals alike have been trying to figure out how China is able to perform over 10,000 organ transplants a year without an official organ donor system in place.

After years of investigation, Canadian human-rights attorney David Matas and former Canadian official David Kilgour concluded that there were 41,500 unaccountable organ transplants performed in China during the years 2000 to 2005.

Of course, a few questions arise: Where did all these extra organs come from — if they didn’t come from executed prisoners — and why was there a sudden spike in organ transplants in China in 2000, just six months after the persecution of Falun Gong began?

China’s Transplant Officials Seem to Preempt Book’s Critique

BY EPOCH TIMES
Days after the publication of a new book on state-run organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, Chinese authorities have published a flurry of articles, statements, and claims—some of them contradictory—decrying organ trafficking rings, affirming the commitment to no longer using prisoners of conscience, and sternly noting the illegality of organ trading for profit.
It is unclear whether the bout of recent reports from China was a response to The Slaughter, written by American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, and published on Aug. 12, or whether the timing was mere coincidence. But Chinese official propaganda has exhibited similar patterns previously.
Defending the System
At a Aug. 16 hospital conference in Beijing, Huang Jiefu, the former vice minister for health and now the head of the China Organ Transplant Committee, managed to combine Party leader Xi Jinping’s theory of the “China dream” with hoped-for improvements in the Chinese organ transplant system.
He was paraphrased to say: “When the China dream is realized, there absolutely will not be people holding others captive to transplant their kidneys, doctors won’t do organ trading, and organs from the judicial system will not be the only source of organs. At that time, voluntary donors who die will be the only organ source.”

Jiang Zemin at Bay in Shanghai

BY EPOCH TIMES
Jiang Zemin’s days are numbered. The man who dominated Chinese politics for more than two decades is now being investigated in his own backyard, the city of Shanghai.
That Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption investigation team has set up shop in Shanghai has been widely reported. The tell that the investigation is proceeding in earnest appeared in a brief notice on Aug. 11 on the official website of the Shanghai Procuratorate, the department responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
The very successful businessman Wang Zongnan, the chairman of the Bright Food Group, was arrested for bribery and embezzlement. Those are the crimes that Wang will be tried for, but his real offense is his close connection to former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin, and Jiang’s son, Jiang Mianheng.
Shanghai was the launching pad for Jiang Zemin’s national political ambitions and has formed the base of his power.

Excerpt from Ethan Gutmann’s book “The Slaughter”

Ethan Gutmann’s new book The Slaughter (Prometheus Books, 2014) reports findings that have been anticipated by investigators and advocates worldwide. Without excessive commentary, Gutmann presents the stark reality of the lived experience of a witness found credible beyond doubt, of her dreams (in italics) and psychological state, and the deeply personal attempts of the victim to subconsciously decipher the medical testing she was subjected to while in forced labor in China. Written with meticulous scrutiny, this book makes a landmark contribution to the body of knowledge of forced organ harvesting.

With a release date of August 12th, the publisher has authorized DAFOH to print the following excerpt: Conclusion of the Wang Yuzhi case (Chapter 6, pp. 185-7)
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“…A woman like Wang had become toxic waste: difficult to bury, dangerous to keep around, and problematic to release. The ambiguity of the government’s position was expressed in an increasingly common procedure: the police would suddenly free a practitioner, having tortured him or her up to imminent death. In the early days that worked like the Sicilian warning of delivering a severed head on the doorstep of a village. Now, with global websites like Minghui.org, a severed head was potentially bad publicity.

China’s long history of harvesting organs from living political foes

by The New York Post
Enver Tohti was a surgeon in a hospital in Xinjiang, in the northwestern part of China, when, in June 1995, he was instructed by his superior to prepare for an adventure — surgery in the field.
In the morning, when the doctor and his team arrived at their destination, he realized they were at “the Western Mountain Execution Grounds, which specialized in killing political dissidents.”
“When you hear a gunshot, drive around the hill,” he was told.
He asked why they were there.
“You don’t want to know.”
After the shot rang out, he drove where he was told, and saw “10, maybe 20, bodies lying at the base of the hill.” The police led him to one in particular, a man of “about 30 dressed in navy blue overalls,” and told him that this is the man Tohti would be operating on.

Update on Numbers – Organ Transplants & Sources in China

by David Matas

Remarks prepared for a parallel and poster presentation to the World Trade Congress, San Francisco, California, USA, 29 July, 2014)

How many organ transplants are there each year in China? What are the sources of these organs?

David Kilgour and I, in a report published first in July 2006 and then January 2007 , concluded that there were 41,500 transplants in the six year period 2000 to 2005 where the only explanation for the sourcing was Falun Gong practitioners. In November 2009, in our book Bloody Harvest, we concluded that, since our report, matters got worse, that there had been an increase in sourcing of organs from Falun Gong practitioners .

The Government of China has acknowledged that organs for transplants done in China has come overwhelmingly from Chinese prisoners. The claim of the Government of China has been that these prisoners who are the sources of organs harvested for transplants are convicted criminals sentenced to death and then executed who consented before execution to the use of their organs for transplants.

Organ Procurement From Executed Prisoners in China

By The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Organ procurement from executed prisoners in China is internationally condemned, yet this practice continues unabated in 2014. This is despite repeated announce- ments from Chinese authorities that constructive measures have been undertaken to conform to accepted ethical standards. While there is unanimous agreement on the unethical nature of using organs from executed prisoners, due to its limitations on voluntary and informed consent, there is insufficient coverage of forced organ procurement from prisoners of conscience without consent. Strategies to influence positive change in China over the last few decades have failed to bring this practice to an end. While organ donation and transplantation services in China have undergone considerable structural changes in the last few years, fundamental attempts to shift practice to ethically sourced organs have floundered. In this article, we discuss the organ trade in China, reflect upon organ procurement from executed prisoners (including both capital prisoners and prisoners of conscience) and provide an overview of contradictory Chinese efforts to halt forced organ procurement from executed prisoners. Finally, we highlight current actions being taken to address this issue and offer comprehensive recommendations to bring this ethically indefensible practice to an immediate end.