“Disappeared” Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Receives Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award

A Chinese human rights lawyer persecuted by authorities for his support of oppressed communities, including Christians and Falun Gong practitioners, was awarded the Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award on 29th August. The whereabouts of the lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, have not been publicly known since August, 2017, so the award was presented to his wife, Geng He,…

Cold Genocide: Falun Gong in China – Journal Article

Recently published in Genocide Studies and Provention: An International Journal (GSP). GSP is the official journal of The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) Abstract. The article explores patterns of a cold genocide in the eradication campaign against Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that has been targeted for eradication by the Chinese…

David Matas Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

The University of Alberta awarded David Matas an honorary doctor of laws degree on June 12, 2018. “An honorary degree is our learning community’s highest honour,” said University of Alberta Chancellor Douglas Stollery. Joining David in receiving an honorary degree from the University of Alberta this June are 13 exceptional individuals including David Suzuki, Canada’s…

Missouri Senate unanimously passes resolution calling for an immediate end to the practice of organ harvesting in China

Missouri House of Representatives Resolution SCR 28 condemns the atrocity of forced organ extractions from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China. The resolution also “Call(s) upon the President of the United States to undertake a full and transparent investigation by the United States Department of State into organ transplant practices in…

Open Letter signed by lawyers, academics and ethicists urges the Australian Government to close “Real Bodies: The Exhibition” – view letter and media coverage

An OPEN LETTER signed by lawyers, academics, ethicists and human rights advocates urges the Australian Government to close the ‘Real Bodies’ exhibition immediately. The authors also call for a boycott by all schools, universities and other organized groups. Media Coverage: The Guardian, SMH, News, ABC Radio, Network 10 The Project, VIce, The Conversation   OPEN…

Experts speak at UK roundtable on forced organ harvesting – Westminster

A second roundtable meeting was held at Westminster on Tuesday the 17th April 2018 to raise awareness about claims of forced organ harvesting in China – co-hosted by Jim Shannon MP and Fiona Bruce MP. This meeting presented the available evidence of forced organ harvesting in China and experts discussed the steps the UK Government…

Interaction with Chinese Transplant Professionals – Harvard Medical School Centre for Bioethics Conference

Interaction with Chinese transplant professionals (Remarks prepared for a poster presentation at the Harvard Medical School Centre for Bioethics Conference April 13, 2018) by David Matas In China, there is a lot of money to be made from the sale of organs, a huge organ donor source of dehumanized prisoners, and nothing much to prevent…

Seminar – China’s Reform Narrative on Transplant Abuse: Does it Stand Up to Scrutiny?

An online seminar examining the reform narrative, the evidence, and the implications for human rights in China – 20 February, 2018 Guest speakers notes and video timecodes: “The CCP’s Reform Narrative” (0:13) – Louisa Greve, International Affairs/Asia Specialist “TheEvidence” (6:10) – Matthew Robertson, Research Fellow, Human Rights Law Foundation “The Ethics” (24:52) – Wendy Rogers,…

“A Darkly Sinister Accusation” – response to Washington Post article by Ethan Gutmann

“A Darkly Sinister Accusation” by Ethan Gutmann – FOR THE RECORD – Response to “China used to harvest organs from prisoners. Under pressure, that practice is finally ending” by Simon Denyer of the Washington Post (September 14, 2017).     View joint letters and correspondence from the Washington Post here   Back when I was working in…

POSITION STATEMENT – AUSTRALIAN LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Position Statement on Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism 1.Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) condemns the serious human rights violations from all forms of human trafficking in organs, including the systematic, forced and state-sanctioned organ trafficking from non-consenting persons, especially prisoners and prisoners of conscience. 2.ALHR strongly supports…

UYGHURS FORCED TO UNDERGO MEDICAL EXAMS, DNA SAMPLING

While Beijing speaks to the West about claimed Chinese transplant reform something very strange is taking place in Northwest China. Xinjiang has the dubious distinction of being China’s favourite testing ground: in the 1960s it was nuclear weapons tests. In the 1990s, it was it was the first province to experiment with live organ harvesting…