July 6, 2006
David Matas, international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, former
Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) for Canada, today released an independent
report, following their two-month inquiry into allegations that vital organs are
being seized from Falun Gong practitioners across China.
The report concludes:
government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in
particular hospitals but also detention centres and ¡®people¡¯s courts¡¯, since
1999, have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of
conscience. Their vital organs, including hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas,
were virtually simultaneously seized for sale at high prices, sometimes to
foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs
in their home countries.¡±
How many of the victims were first
convicted of any substantive offence in a legitimate court the report does not
answer because such data unavailable. However, one Beijing Falun Gong
practitioner, now living in Europe, told the inquiry that she was arrested three
times and spent a year in a labour camp but she was never taken before any
court. She also reported during her imprisonment, that without explanation or
cause, she was taken in leg irons and handcuffs for a thorough medical
Witnesses were consulted in Canada,
Australia, France and the United States, sometimes in personal interviews and
sometimes by email. Among the most significant incriminating evidence, however,
were certified translations of recorded conversations in Mandarin with doctors
and other officials at hospitals and detention centres located in various parts
of China. Transcripts of some of these conversations are included in the report.
Other important evidence:
- Translations of recent and continuing
postings on number of websites at transplantation centres within China which
were also important in convincing the inquiry that the only fair conclusion
was that the organ harvesting is widespread and continuing.
- Testimony from the former wife of a
surgeon in China who told the inquiry that he confessed to her that he removed
the corneas from the eyes of approximately 2000 Falun Gong prisoners in 2002
- Testimony from Ms. Yuzhi Wang, now of
the Vancouver region, who stated she spent most of her time in 2000 and 2001
in labour camps for being a Falun Gong practitioner. Suffering internal damage
from beatings, she is convinced this is the only reason she did not become a
¡°donor¡± and was able to leave China.
- Testimony from Xiaohua Wang, now of
Montreal, who reported that in 2002, after spending two years in a forced
labour camp working 16 hours daily with chemicals because of his belief in
Falun Gong , he also received a comprehensive forced medical exam. Later, he
was able to emigrate to Canada.
- Testimony from Ms. Na Gan, now of
Toronto, who stated that she was beaten by police when she unfurled a Falun
Gong ¡°truthfulness-compassion-tolerance¡± banner in Tiananmen Square. As a
result, her CCP membership and salary as a customs employee at the Beijing
airport were revoked and she was sent to the local women¡¯s labour camp. In
mid-2001, she reported that only the Falun Gong members of the group had their
blood, urine, and eyes examined at a nearby hospital. She too managed to leave
China for Canada.
The following are some key
recommendations in the report:
- As organ harvesting is a crime
against humanity, authorities in China should conduct a criminal investigation
for possible prosecution.
governmental and voluntary-should take the allegations seriously and make
their own determinations on whether or not they are true.
- As the UN Protocol to prevent
trafficking in persons bans the removal of organs, the UN should investigate
whether China is in violation.
- Foreign governments should ban the
entry of Chinese doctors seeking training in organ transplantation and any
doctor there known to be engaged in such work should be barred from visiting
foreign countries permanently.
- All countries should tighten their
laws against organ trafficking and doctors should, for example, be required to
report to their respective authorities any evidence that a patient has
received an organ from a trafficked person abroad.
- Governments should deny or revoke the
passports of nationals who are travelling to China for organ transplants.
- No governments should participate in
any China-sponsored meeting or research on organ transplant. No private
company should provide goods or services to any Chinese transplant program.
A full copy of the report can be
For further information, please contact
Matas: (204) 944-1831