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UK Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 Includes First UK Legislation to Combat Forced Organ Harvesting

An organ harvesting amendment to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill in the UK, passed through both Houses with government support. The Bill provided the opportunity to prevent complicity in forced organ harvesting within the UK medicine industry. Prior to this Bill, neither the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations nor the…

McMaster University AGM Hears of China’s Organ Harvesting – Hundreds of Doctors Attend

ORGAN TRANSPLANTS FROM PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE IN CHINA Message (virtual) by Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., for International Coalition to end Organ Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) Annual General Meeting (virtual) of UOSSM* at McMaster University, Hamilton Feb 6th, 2021 Time is short, and hopefully there will be some questions, so permit me to address immediately…

Pioneering Transplant Surgeons Join ETAC’s International Advisory Committee

ETAC is becoming well known for its efforts to raise awareness of and bring an end to the illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs. To succeed in this venture, it is critical that ETAC engage effectively with the international transplant community. We are therefore delighted to announce that transplant surgeons Prof David McGiffin and…

International Human Rights Day, 2020

Dutch Committee on Foreign Affairs: Forced Organ Harvesting in China. Speaker – Susie Hughes, ETAC Executive Director

On Human Rights Day, December 2020 ETAC spoke at the meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands Speaker: Susie Hughes, Executive Director, International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) Topic: Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China International Human Rights Day, 2020

Watch – China’s Policy on Freedom of Religion: Global Impact (The Tibet Bureau)

Religious leaders, experts, scholars, researchers, human rights activists, civil societies, diplomats and others attended the 2020 Geneva Forum hosted by The Tibet Bureau in Geneva. (https://tibetoffice.ch/genevaforum/) Speakers can be viewed here: https://tibetoffice.ch/genevaforum/#speakers Inaugural panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5dbxdu9xB8&t=508s Panel 1 – China’s Policy on Right to Religious Freedom and the Global Framework https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH4ob_B00VE Panel 2 – Religious Persecution: Crackdown on…

China Tribunal webinar

WATCH: UK China Research Group Host Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Prof Martin Elliott and Hamid Sabi from the China Tribunal

On the 4th November, 2020 the UK’s China Research Group hosted a webinar event focused on the China Tribunal. Sir Geoffrey Nice QC (China Tribunal Chair), Professor Martin Elliott and Hamid Sabi look at the findings of this year’s China Tribunal and evidence of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

Lord David Alton

Lord Hunt’s All Party Amendment on Forced Organ Harvesting in China – Targeting Falun Gong, Uighurs, Political and Religious Dissidents – Debated In Parliament. Peers Demand That The Government Acts

Photo: Lord Alton of Liverpool Originally posted here:  https://www.davidalton.net/2020/10/29/lord-hunts-all-party-amendment-on-forced-organ-harvesting-in-china-targeting-falun-gong-uighurs-political-and-religious-dissidents-debated-in-parliament-peers-demand-that-the-governmen/ Lord Hunt of Kings Heath 24: Clause 2, page 2, line 23, at end insert— “(o) the origin and treatment of human tissue used in the process of developing and manufacturing medicines.”Member’s explanatory statement This amendment adds the origin and treatment of human tissue, including organs, to…

Stop forced organ harvesting webinar

UK Anti-Slavery Day Webinar: Tackling Forced Organ Harvesting & Organ Trafficking

To mark UK Anti-Slavery Day FREEDOM UNITED held a webinar with experts putting a spotlight on forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking – crimes that amount to underreported forms of modern slavery. Join the discussion with: Susie Hughes, Executive Director of International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China Tamara Barnett, Director of Human Trafficking…

David Matas

Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience: the Intersection of Medical Advocacy and Medical Ethics by David Matas

(Revised Remarks for a panel October 26th, 2020 hosted by University of North Carolina Center for Bioethics and Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery)   Recording of presentation available here: https://panopto-web.med.unc.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=4b81eef1-510c-4e56-b4d3-ac5c013c7b0a   Medical ethics intersects with medical advocacy in various ways. One is advocacy to develop medical ethics locally. A second is advocacy for medical ethics in…

Mahatma Ghandi

‘Gandhi and Human Rights, the Modern Context’ by David Matas (Talk prepared for presentation to The India Centre, University of Winnipeg)

‘Gandhi and Human Rights, the Modern Context’ by David Matas (Talk prepared for presentation to The India Centre, University of Winnipeg) I want to begin with a quote from a 1949 essay George Orwell wrote about Gandhi. He wrote: “there is reason to think that Gandhi, who after all was born in 1869, did not…

The Arithmetic of Compassion

Psychic Numbing: Forced Organ Harvesting and Torture in China by Andrew Quist

The Arithmetic of Compassion website raises awareness of psychological obstacles to compassion, including psychic numbing, pseudoinefficacy, and the prominence effect. “A famous saying goes, “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Due to psychic numbing, our sympathy for suffering and loss declines precipitously when we are presented with increasing numbers of…