Ethical standards and Chinese organ transplant abuse

]BY DAVID MATAS Revised remarks for a presentation to the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, 15 April, 2016 Going through all relevant evidence to come to an informed conclusion on organ transplant abuse in China is a time consuming task and it is unrealistic to expect everyone interested…

Two Davids & Goliath – David Matas & David Kilgour Speak at TEDx

David Matas & David Kilgour on “Two Davids & Goliath” at TEDxMünchen 2015 David Kilgour is co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, past chair of the Latin America and Caribbean policy working group of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian International Council, a director of the Washington-based Council for a Community of…

FALUN DAFA TARGETED FOR ORGAN HARVESTING

BY DAVID KILGOUR Falun Dafa—more popularly now known as Falun Gong in about 130 countries worldwide—is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice. It combines the art of meditation with qigong exercises, while focusing on principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance”. It was introduced in northeast China in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi, a public servant, who…

Film Exposing Forced Organ Harvesting in China Wins UK Award

BY EPOCH TIMES LONDON—A documentary about the killing of tens of thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience for their organs has won the 2015 Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) award for best international investigative documentary. It follows the film’s receipt of aprestigious Peabody award earlier this year. On winning the most recent award, director Leon…

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…

Cotler Hopes New Parliament Will Enact Legislation to Combat Forced Organ Harvesting

BY EPOCH TIMES Prominent Liberal MP not seeking re-election, hopes other MPs will carry his private member’s bill Veteran MP Irwin Cotler has decided not to seek re-election this time around, but the distinguished law professor and seasoned politician hopes others will pick up the reins of one of his most passionate human rights causes.…

Documentary Asks: What’s So Hard to Believe About China Harvesting the Organs of Living People?

BY EPOCH TIMES It is difficult to secure a human heart for transplantation. The donor is usually brain dead and on life support, and the donor and recipient must share matching blood and tissue types to prevent rejection. So Jacob Lavee, a heart transplant surgeon at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University,  found it hard…

A European Union investigation into transplant abuse in China

BY DAVID MATAS European Parliament briefing, Brussels, 16 September, 2015 Introduction The European Parliament passed a resolution in December 2013 on organ harvesting in China. That resolution, amongst other provisions, called for a full and transparent investigation by the European Union into organ transplant practices in China. To date no such investigation has been done…

Rights Groups Petition United Nations to Take Action to End Organ Harvesting in China

BY EPOCH TIMES During the 29th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, on June 15, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pledged to defend the world’s downtrodden and disenfranchised “without fear or favor” regardless of the victim or perpetrator’s identity and credentials. And on Monday, four leading international rights groups…

David Matas speaks at International Academy of Law & Mental Health Congress

BY DAVID MATAS — International Academy of Law and Mental Health Congress, Vienna, Austria Before I launch directly into the topic of my talk, I want to say a bit about our location, Sigmund Freud University, in Vienna. Over the centuries, the Jewish community diaspora in Europe was the victim of discrimination, not just in…

David Matas talks Chinese organ harvesting at Perth victim symposium

BY PERTHNOW Western Australia’s politicians and business leaders are being called on to help stop the mass slaughter of China’s political prisoners for organ harvesting. Human Rights Lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee David Matas will talk at the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology in Perth on Tuesday. Mr Matas is…

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…