By Limin Zhou, Epoch Times OTTAWA—During Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent visit to China, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights unanimously passed a motion condemning the Chinese regime’s practice of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. The motion, which was passed on Nov. 6, stated that the subcommittee “expresses its deep concern over the…
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Gutmann joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to discuss the findings in his new book, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.” Ethan Gutmann’s new book is a riveting inside account of China’s booming organ transplant business and gives a glimpse into the Chinese state’s secret program to…
Red Reign examines the shocking evidence of forced organ harvesting of China’s prisoners of conscience, the practitioners of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, a spiritual practice rooted in Buddhism and introduced to the public in 1991, was banned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1999. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners were arrested, imprisoned and brutally tortured if they did not recant their beliefs of ‘truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.’ In 2006, a report by human rights lawyer David Matas, as well as David Kilgour, a former member of the Canadian Parliament, alleged that Falun Gong prisoners were being killed in order to harvest their organs for the lucrative government-run transplant business.
Filmmaker Masha Savitz zeroes in on the efforts of the Nobel Prize nominee David Matas, who wrote the book ‘Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong.’ Featuring interviews with Matas, David Kilgour, victims of the Falun Gong persecution and several doctors who share chilling transplant testimonies, as well as a filmmaker whose film on the topic was effectively quashed by the CCP in Canada, Europe, and the US, Red Reign makes a stunning case. An international story of tangled politics and economics intentionally suppressed by the Chinese, Red Reign shows how a large scale persecution of a minority people can still happen in our modern day society.
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By Luo Ya, Epoch Times
The Chinese National Transplant Congress was held in a strangely low-key atmosphere, with relevant information only publicly available at the last minute. In the lead up to the conference, the location was changed to the city of Hangzhou and the date pushed back to Oct. 30.
In the weeks prior to the conference, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong released two consecutive reports on the CCP’s live organ harvesting atrocities.
The World Organization reported that the former Health Minister of the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personally confirmed that former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin ordered live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, and the Central Military Commission discussed organ harvesting among themselves.
The disclosure of this new evidence shocked the public in China that was able to access the news. Some Chinese people even directly protested the Congress, saying that they believed many of the participants are in fact butchers and executioners dressed in white coats.
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The doctor appointed to make excuses for forced organ harvesting in China has once again changed his story regarding the source of organs for transplantation. Unfortunately, new evidence developed from papers published by Chinese doctors gives the lie to the latest official claims about the sourcing of organs for transplant.
On Oct. 30, Huang Jiefu, director of the National Organ Transplantation Committee and former vice minister of Health, announced: “Organs voluntarily donated by citizens have become the only source of organ transplants in China. Now all hospitals in China have stopped taking organs from executed prisoners. The relevant laws that will fit the current organ transplant situation are being updated and revised.”
This strong statement indicating a change in the sourcing of organs did not last long before being qualified. On the website of the popular financial magazine Caixin, where Huang Jiefu’s claim was first reported, the first two sentences were quickly changed to “Chinese organ transplantation has entered a new stage of historical development when organs voluntarily donated by citizens become the only organ source. At present, all the hospitals in China are changing past practice.”
Following the European Parliament’s resolution passed last December, asking the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to immediately stop forced organ harvesting, the H. Res. 281 by U.S. Congress reported in July has also won support from 215 House of Representatives members.
The U.S. House Resolution 281 is gaining support from a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Asia and the Pacific, and is now awaiting a final vote.
The Resolution explicitly calls on the CCP to immediately end the practice of organ harvesting from all prisoners; demands an immediate end to the 15-year persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice and the immediate release of all Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience.
Chairman and Congressman Steve Chabot has indicated that the H. Res. 281 has won the support of the entire committee on Asia and the Pacific. He says forcibly harvesting organs against a person’s will is absolutely unacceptable and should be condemned.
By Matthew Little, Epoch Times
OTTAWA—Paul Li is afraid his father could be one of the thousands of Falun Gong adherents who disappear in jails and leave in bits and pieces, killed for his organs in a business that has shocked Canadian officials.
It’s a crime beyond belief, or at least it was when reports of the practice first emerged in 2006. After eight years of investigation the evidence has become overwhelming, say Canadian members of Parliament who have studied the issue.
“There is no question that this is happening, the practice has been verified several times,” said Liberal MP Judy Sgro to hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners at a rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Sgro has seconded a bill introduced by fellow Liberal Irwin Cotler that would effectively ban Canadians from travelling to China for organ transplants, something not uncommon in the Chinese-Canadian community according to transplant doctors in Toronto.
After her remarks at the rally, Sgro walked into the House of Commons to make a similar statement and convey the Falun Gong practitioners’ call for the prime minister to take action during his upcoming trip to China.
Former Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu Caihou has recently been officially charged with accepting huge bribes. Senior legal experts believe Xu Caihou’s crimes are way beyond corruption. Recently, World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) released evidence of the PLA General Logistics Department’s involvement in the live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. This involvement includes the list of relevant institutes and staff when Xu Caihou was in office.
Xinhua News Agency reported that Military Prosecutor’s Office has concluded the investigation of Xu Caihou’s accepting bribery on the 27th. Xu Caihou was said to have received extra large amounts of bribery and Xu also confessed to these crimes.
Chinese senior legal expert Zhao Yuanming indicated the core of Xu Caihou’s crimes is live organ harvesting and trafficking, being far more complicated than huge corruption.
Zhao Yuanming: Xu Caihou has been a high ranking official in the military for a very long time. He was deeply involved in the army in politics and logistics. He was a behind the scenes director in the Military’s role in live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. He was particularly appreciated by Jiang Zemin for that reason.
BY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES
Alberta has a certain legendary appeal for Ethan Gutmann, having heard the province immortalized in the ever-influential “Four Strong Winds,” a song covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Neil Young and Johnny Cash.
But Gutmann, an American who now calls London, U.K. home, wasn’t in Edmonton to talk tunes, but something much more difficult to speak of.
The award-winning China analyst and contributor to prominent publications spent the past seven years researching state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China from prisoners of conscience, who are kept alive only until their organs are sold, dying on the operating table to maximize the viability of their organs.
Gutmann describes the procedure in the first chapter of his new book, “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”
BY LU CHEN, EPOCH TIMES
A Taiwanese patient received a matched liver and a matched kidney within only a month in a hospital in a city in northern China, according to an exclusive interview on Oct. 30 by the New York-based, Chinese-language television network New Tang Dynasty.
The extremely short waiting time for organ transplants has made China the most popular country for transplantation tourism, in which patients from other countries travel to China for organ transplant surgeries. The average waiting time for a patient in the United States to receive a matched kidney is four to five years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in March.
The Taiwanese patient with cirrhosis went to China on a tourist visa and arrived at the Tianjin First Center Hospital in Tianjin City in September 2012.
BY GITTEL EVANGELIST I TIMES HERALD-RECORD
On Oct. 6, the Town of Deerpark became the latest local municipality to pass a resolution in support of H.Res. 281. The House bill calls on China to “end the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners, and particularly from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”
“We felt it was a very important issue,” Deerpark Supervisor Karl Brabenec said, “because we are human beings, like everyone else, and if there are atrocities such as those occurring in China because of people’s beliefs, that is just unacceptable. This is something that needs to be addressed on a local, national and international level.”
Deerpark is home to Dragon Springs, a 427-acre retreat for Falun Gong refugees and Chinese performance artists that features a temple, auditorium, residence halls, meditation halls, library and classrooms; the development, which began in 2001, currently has a maximum occupancy of just over 300 people – but it’s hard to say exactly how many people Dragon Springs actually serves, because Falun Gong has no formal membership or leaders to speak on their behalf. A number of adherents who live in the greater Orange County area are not part of Dragon Springs.
BY TORSTEN TREY I EPOCH TIMES
Human dignity is inviolable. It is inseparable from the human being. How incomparably precious human dignity is often becomes clear only when one loses it. If one declares with sublime intention, that human dignity is inviolable, it is of course shocking when not only human dignity, but also the physical body is being harmed.
We are already accustomed to hearing about human rights violations. But what underlies this buzzword is much more than just a legal term. It describes the dehumanization of persecuted people. Given the violation of the fundamental rights of the human being, isn’t it the case that not only the dignity of the persecuted being is violated, but also that of the bystander? How can we still value our own human dignity if we stand by and allow this human dignity—an inherent characteristic of mankind—to be violated in others?
BY PAM MCLENNAN, EPOCH TIMES
There’s big money in organs, and China is making a killing in more ways than one.
When allegations of forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong adherents in China first emerged in 2006, U.S. author and veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann was skeptical.
But that changed after he met with a Falun Gong practitioner in Toronto who casually mentioned in the course of conversation that she had been given a physical exam while incarcerated for her beliefs in China.
Falun Gong adherents in Chinese jails are routinely tortured and abused, so why a physical exam?
“My investigative nose got going,” says Gutmann, who began writing about Falun Gong in 2002, three years after the Chinese regime launched a large-scale campaign of persecution against those who practice the spiritual discipline.
He thus embarked on the seven years of research and interview-gathering that culminated in “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”
Selling human organs for profit is not a pretty subject. In China, thousands are killed every year to supply vital organs to this very lucrative industry. Both military and civilian hospitals are doing the dirty work, and the government knows about it.
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