About Us

 

The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) is a coalition of lawyers, academics, ethicists, medical professionals, researchers and human rights advocates dedicated to ending forced organ harvesting in China.

 

The principal object for which the International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) is established is to advance and promote the education of human rights and values with the goal of ending human rights violations associated with organ trafficking involving forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China and seeking justice for the victims of forced organ harvesting.

 

ETAC promotes and protects human rights. Our activities include: parliamentary briefings, roundtable discussions, Q&A forums, lectures, online seminars and film screenings. The ETAC Global Advocacy Network coordinates the efforts of supporters locally and globally.

 

ETAC carries out activities in order to:

  • Undertake, publish and disseminate research regarding forced organ harvesting, a form of organ trafficking, in China;
  • Educate the public regarding the importance of ending forced organ harvesting through activities including public talks, discussion groups, film screenings, Q&A forums, the publication of papers and articles, the creation of films, multimedia presentations, printed materials and any other legal means.
  • Engage medical, legal, academia and other relevant bodies/ stakeholders to be aware of the evidence regarding forced organ harvesting in China and to call for greater transparency and scrutiny of the transplantation system in China
  • Raise public awareness regarding the importance of ending the detainment, torture, and forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China.
  • Promote public debate regarding human tissue and organ trafficking laws and policy nationally and internationally, to ensure that governments/ jurisdictions globally adopt laws in order to protect their citizens from unknowingly becoming complicit in organ trafficking crimes.
  • Advocate for further credible, transparent, independent investigations into organ transplant abuses including organ trafficking in China and monitor government policies and the passage of legislation to ensure that the international community address the issue of organ trafficking involving prisoners of conscience in China
  • Monitor government policies to ensure that they abide by their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture.
  • Ensure that the international community is made aware of any governmental breaches of their obligations under the two covenants set out above; through education campaigns, publications or any other legal means.
  • Promote change in the law and policy to put an end to organ tourism; in particular people travelling to China to source trafficked organs.
  • Fundraise and lobby for governmental, corporate and community support in order to carry out and achieve EOP’s objectives
  • Seek justice for the victims of forced organ harvesting

The International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse In China (ETAC) is a registered not for profit company (Ltd).

Find out about our Global Advocacy Network

History

 

The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) began in 2014 as a web platform providing a comprehensive information source on the issue of forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. The website features independent reports, lectures, testimonies, government action, latest news, press coverage and videos. The site was originally named End Organ Pillaging (EOP).

The first in-depth investigation of the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs was the work of former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and international human rights lawyer David Matas. Their report, Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong For Their Organs, was issued in 2006. Around the same time Ethan Gutmann, an investigative reporter and former analyst with the Brookings Institution, was beginning his own eight-year journey into the issue. Gutmann’s 2014 volume, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting and China’s Secret Solution To Its Dissident Problem, was based on hundreds of interviews with dissidents and former political prisoners, and provided further insight into the problem.

photo by Si Gross
photo by Si Gross

After a decade travelling the globe and addressing parliaments, briefing government officials, and speaking with journalists and academics, Kilgour, Gutmann, and Matas joined forces to publish the most comprehensive examination of transplant abuse in China to date. The result, Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update, (2016) is an encyclopedic, 680-page guide to China’s organ transplantation industry, providing a meticulous compilation and analysis of a wide variety of evidence demonstrating the scale and breadth of the ongoing abuses.

In October 2016, the authors were invited to participate in the Coalition Roundtable Series, in Stockholm, Sweden. Organized by Normann Bjorvand, film director/producer and site manager for the original EOP website, the Roundtable Series brought the work of the Update authors to a wider audience.

At the same time, in Sydney, Australia, interest in the issue of forced organ harvesting was building. A group of lawyers, academics, ethicists, researchers, medical professionals and human rights advocates, after seeing the documentary Hard To Believe, were meeting regularly to discuss legislation and outreach activities to bring more awareness of the issue to the public and policy makers. The group was chaired by Susie Hughes, who had long advocated for the issue as national coordinator for a series of human rights documentary screenings that exposed the atrocities taking place.

During the Coalition Roundtable filming week in Stockholm, Kilgour, Matas, Gutmann, Bjorvand and Hughes decided they would collaborate to co-found an International NGO dedicated to ending forced organ harvesting in China. The aim was to build an international coalition and a global advocacy network that would bring together experts, influential individuals and volunteers worldwide to further research, analyse and advocate on the issue.

ETAC was registered in Australia as an independent, non-profit organization in 2017 and the International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse in China has become a leading organisation on the issue, providing a base for a variety of initiatives around the world bringing greater scrutiny and awareness on transplant abuses in China.

Associated bodies include ETAC’s International Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Wendy Rogers, as well as national committees in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, with activities and representatives in the UK, Japan, Korea, Benelux and Israel.