Transparency of organ donations: The case of China

BY DAVID MATAS Speech given at International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement conference, Seoul, Korea 18 October, 2015 Introduction The World Health Organization Guiding Principle 1 of the Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation requires consent from the donor to organ removal for the purpose of transplantation. Guiding Principle 10 requires traceability…

Organ Transplant Abuse in China: What Is Korea to Do?

BY DAVID MATAS Speech given at International Association for Ethical Transplants public forum, City Hall, Seoul, Korea, 16 October, 2015 The Government of China, by its own admission, has been sourcing organs from prisoners in large numbers, in violation of international ethics. Research that David Kilgour and I have done has concluded that these prisoners…

Transplant Profession Standards as a Source of International Law

by David Matas Conference of ANZSIL – Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law – Wellington New Zealand Background A woman with the pseudonym Annie in March 2006 made a public statement in Washington DC that her ex-husband had been harvesting the corneas of practitioners of Falun Gong for transplants sold to foreigners at…

The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs: What’s New

by David Matas Presented to a public forum, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 28 June, 2015 I want to focus on seven new developments. There is new legislation in Italy and Taiwan, a study of proposed legislation in South Australia, an upcoming conference in China, forced blood testing of Falun Gong practitioners who are not subject…

Human rights education & vulnerable groups

by David Matas Does human rights education help to realize the human rights of the most vulnerable groups? International Conference on Human Rights Education, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC. Human rights education spreads the language of human rights to everyone, perpetrators as well as victims. This vocabulary can be and has been…

The Protocol on Trafficking in Persons and Transplant Tourism

by David Matas Prepared for a side event to the Conference of States Parties, Vienna, Austria. Does the Protocol on Trafficking in Persons of the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime encompass transplant tourism?  That is a question I want to address.  My answer to that question is yes.  Getting to that answer though takes some…

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…

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…

Forced Organ Harvesting Continues in China, Canadian Lawyer Says

By Epoch Times The Chinese regime’s macabre practice of killing prisoners of conscience for their organs and selling them to transplant tourists for “huge money” has not abated—that was the grim message imparted at a University of Toronto seminar on May 28. Forced organ harvesting in China was the topic of the seminar, and Winnipeg-based human…

Seminar: Forced Organ Harvesting in China – guest speaker DAVID MATAS

By The Star On Wednesday, 28 May 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) Toronto, Ontario David Matas, a Canadian human rights lawyer, will speak about the continuing Chinese practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners of conscience. In China a heart can be purchased and transplanted for about $130,000, a kidney for $62,000. The organs…

Update and next steps: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs

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. Evidence I am a lawyer in…

The Italian Parliament and Chinese organ transplant abuse – by David Matas

Presentation to a Senate Human Rights Committee hearing and a Chamber of Deputies briefing session. Italian Parliament 19 December 2013 I wrote a report with David Kilgour in June 2006 which concluded that prisoners of conscience in China, practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong, were being killed for their organs which…

Reaction to a comment from Dr. Jeremy Chapman – by David Matas

Reaction to a comment from Dr. Jeremy Chapman 07 December 2013 Dr. Jeremy Chapman, former president of The Transplantation Society, has been quoted as having made this comment about the killing of Falun Gong for their organs: “I heard your accusations that it was happening. I have seen no evidence of using any executed prisoners other…