China’s Organ Harvesting Atrocities Under the Spotlight in Italy

December 24, 2013 | By Falun Gong practitioners in Italy

(Minghui.org) The issue of forced live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners has garnered a fair amount of attention in Italy recently, both in the media and in the Senate. Evidence and expert testimonies were presented at a Senate hearing organized by the Human Rights Committee in the Italian Parliament on December 19.

Major Italian media outlets such as Corriere della Sera (Evening Courier) and RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) reported on the hearing and exposed the crimes of organ harvesting in China.

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A screenshot of the RAI online article: “Shocking Report: Prisoners Killed for Their Organs.” RAI is Italy’s national public broadcasting company, owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

“People at the Commission on Human Rights Senate hearing were shocked to hear of the systematic and forced removal of organs from prisoners of conscience in China, especially Falun Gong practitioners,” So begins the RAI report.

Mr. David Matas, a world-renowned human rights attorney and an expert on the issue of forced organ harvesting in China, told RAI that he is convinced that large-scale forced live organ harvesting has been ongoing to this day. He describes organ harvesting in China as “a militarized system.” Military hospitals are involved in the organ trade.

“I cannot summarize so many years of investigation in just a few minutes,” said Mr. Matas as he began his testimony at the Senate hearing. He started his independent investigation on organ harvesting in China in 2006.

Prior to his investigation, a reporter from a Japanese TV station and the wife of a Chinese surgeon broke the news in the United States. These two witnesses revealed that Falun Gong practitioners detained in a labor camp near a hospital in northeastern China were used as a live organ pool. When the hospital needed an organ for transplant, they would search for matching organs in the labor camp. When a match was found, this practitioner’s organs were subsequently sold, and he or she would be killed in the process.

A patient from Europe or other countries can get a matched organ in a matter of one to two weeks. Such a patient normally has to wait for years in Europe. Mr. Matas and Mr. David Kilgour, a former Canadian diplomat and crown prosecutor, have concluded that 41,500 Falun Gong practitioners were subjected to forced organ harvesting between 2000 and 2005.

Media Reports on Falun Gong Activities in Chinatown

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Falun Gong practitioners gather to practice the exercises every Saturday morning at a park in the center of Chinatown in Prato

Despite the brutal persecution in China, the peaceful practice continues to gain popularity worldwide. Major local media in Prato, a city with a large Chinese population in Tuscany, Italy, recently reported on Falun Gong practitioners’ weekly Saturday exercises in Chinatown. The TV interview attracted quite a few Chinese visitors. Some of them took materials regarding the persecution. The news was broadcast on TV Prato during prime time on November 30, 2013.

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Australian Media Reveals That Large Numbers of Patients Continue Traveling to China for Organ Transplants

November 08, 2013 | By Minghui correspondent Xia Chunqing in Melbourne, Australia

(Minghui.org) “About five years ago a whole cluster of them [patients]went off to China together and returned with transplanted kidneys. The donors were convicts about to be executed and the blood and tissue types had already been matched.”

This is what Nephrologist Dr. David Goodman from Melbourne, Australia told a reporter from Fairfax Media, one of Australia’s largest media companies, during a recent interview.

What Dr. Goodman said indirectly showed that there is a bank of live, involuntary “donors” whose organs are earmarked for harvesting. The number vastly exceeds that of Chinese convicted of capital crimes and awaiting execution.

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald , two Melbourne newspapers published an article written by Mandy Sayer on October 5, 2013.

The article states that, “Today there are about 1600 people on the donor waiting list in Australia, yet in 2010 there were only 13.8 donors per million people.”

According to the article this mainly has to do with Australia’s national situation. Australia is a culturally diverse country, different communities have different life styles and religious beliefs. The article gave examples such as, “Muslims don’t like to donate or receive organs. Neither do indigenous Australians and some parts of the Jewish community.”

The article said that the average waiting time for a kidney transplant in Australia is four years. “The reason why the kidney transplant list is so long, is because dialysis can keep patients alive indefinitely, while those diagnosed with heart, liver, or pancreatic failure don’t have any form of life support and many will die waiting for a donor,” said nephrologist Dr. David Goodman, of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Patients Travel to China for Kidney Transplants

While patients wait for organs to be available for them, rumors circulated that they can quickly get matched organs in China.

The reporter from Fairfax Media asked Dr. Goodman about organ tourism, if he “ has ever had dialysis patients disappear, only to reappear two weeks later with a scar on their torsos.”

“Multiple times,” Dr. Goodman said. “About five years ago a whole cluster of them went off to China together and returned with transplanted kidneys. The donors were convicts about to be executed and the blood and tissue types had already been matched.”

Dr. Goodman added, “I have strong objections to organ tourism. The donors feel abused. There’s no follow-up care in China, and other countries. The patients only get five days’ worth of medicine after the operation so they fly back to Australia and get a cab straight from the airport to the emergency room.”

Kevin Green, Victorian chairman of Transplant Australia is also a kidney patient. He had to wait on dialysis for eight years before receiving a kidney in 2009.

When the reporter asked him if he ever considered organ tourism during his long wait, he admitted he had. “After about five years on dialysis I’d almost had it and was tempted to go to China.”

But then he changed his mind. “First of all, the fee was $25,000 upfront. It’s only an option for the rich. And secondly, if your body rejects that organ you can never get back on the transplant list in Australia,” he said.

Australian Media Reveal the Chinese Regime’s “Killing on Demand” of Prisoners for Organs

Australian patients never realized that they are becoming customers of “killing on demand” of prisoners for their organs. The Chinese regime executes 2000 to 3000 prisoners on death row each year. Their published data show that in 2005, there were 20,000 organ transplants; in 2008, there were 86,800 kidney transplants, 14,643 liver transplants, far more than the number of death row inmates.

Where did these large numbers of organs come from?

Australia’s News Weekly published a commentary article written by Jeffry Babb on May 11, 2013. The title of the article is “Human Rights: China’s grisly organ theft: their crime, our shame.”

The article pointed out, “No one leaves this butcher’s shop alive; that’s why no one talks about it. Nobody knows how many of China’s Falun Gong practitioners have been subject to “involuntary organ-harvesting.”

Mr. Babb said, “Why do we know this is happening? First, we have reliable reports that it is going on. Second, China is offering transplant services which can only be supplied if the donors are ‘slaughtered to order’.”

Forced Organ Harvesting Is a Violation of the Most Basic Human Rights

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, professor of Medicine, Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Sydney, and a contributor to State Organs:Transplant Abuse in China, said, “Killing someone to sell their organs for transplantation… is a violation of the most basic human right – the right to life itself.”

Source: http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/11/19/136367.html

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Sydney, Australia: Doctors Sign to End Forced Organ Harvesting at International Transplant Conference (Photos)

December 02, 2013 | By Minghui correspondent Hua Qing in Sydney

(Minghui.org) Many doctors and attendees of the 12th Congress of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) signed the petition to help stop forced organ harvesting in China.

Even during the pouring rain on the afternoon of November 22, they stopped and signed the petition. They didn’t mind the hassle or getting wet.

An Offer of Assistance

A doctor from Japan told Falun Gong practitioners that Chinese doctors made a presentation to deny the charges of involuntary organ harvesting in China on the first day of the conference. He volunteered to distribute practitioners’ materials to the participating doctors to spread the truth.

A Four-Day Event

The 12th Congress of ISODP was held in the Sydney Convention Center November 21-24, 2013. Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney set up tables at multiple locations, such as downtown Sydney, in front of Town Hall, and in Chinatown during the four-day meeting, collecting signatures for a petition calling for an end to forced organ harvesting from living practitioners.

Some of the attendees had heard about what is taking place in China from the organization “Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting” (DAFOH) and other channels and had signed the petition in their local areas. More of them learned about forced organ harvesting by studying photo displays during the conference and speaking to practitioners. They signed the petition and expressed their support for an end to the crime of forced organ harvesting in China.

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Doctors and locals sign the petition calling for an end to forced organ harvesting in China

Doctors: This Atrocity Must Be Stopped Immediately

A doctor from the Northern Territory of Australia told the reporter that he had heard about this horrible practice and signed the petition.

“This is ‘killing for organs,’” he said. “It must be immediately stopped because it is unethical and against human rights.”

Another doctor who signed the petition told a practitioner that he declined an opportunity to go to China to give a speech after he heard about the forced organ harvesting atrocities being committed there.

Helping to Spread the Truth

A doctor and his assistant from Argentina learned about the forced organ harvesting in China for the first time. Alarmed and indignant, they approached the practitioners’ booth in front of Sydney’s Town Hall and signed the petition. They also took photos in front of the banner that practitioners held. They said they were duty-bound to tell their friends about these atrocities.

Some young people in Australia also signed the petition and promised to spread the information widely.

Lola and Christine were very indignant after they heard a practitioner explain the situation to them and said they would definitely sign the petition to save lives. They would also post the information on their Facebook pages so that more people would learn about it.

Three high school students signed the petition to express their support and said that they would also widely spread the news on their Facebook pages. They said they would recommend that their principal include the information in an open letter to the school, so that their friends and relatives would learn about it and sign the petition to express their support.

Condemning the Chinese Regime for Misleading the Public

A doctor from Japan told a practitioner that he supported their efforts and would take informational materials to help distribute among doctors inside the convention center. He also told the practitioner that a Chinese doctor denied Falun Gong practitioners’ allegations on forced removal of organs in a speech during the first day’s meeting.

The practitioner explained to him how the Chinese regime lies to deceive the public. He said that China recently announced its intention to phase out the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners by 2015 and to introduce the China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS), a computerized organ-allocation system.

However, DAFOH released a statement on Minghui.org on September 16, 2013, that revealed the regime’s announcement to be a lie.

According to DAFOH’s statement: “COTRS lacks transparency: the matching process and information about the organ donors are not open to the public or to an independent third party. With regard to the announced 2015 timeframe, Chinese officials speak vaguely of ending the reliance on executed prisoners, and not of the complete cessation.”

DAFOH recalled that, in 2007, the Chinese Medical Association (CMA) pledged to the World Medical Association (WMA) to end the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners. Six years after China made that pledge, it still has not ended the practice and continues to perform more than 10,000 transplantations every year. Today, the Chinese regime only offers an indefinite timeframe—to “phase out” the practice.

DAFOH commented that China’s recent announcement is only empty talk, yet another lie to fend off pressure from the outside world.

With more people becoming aware of the Chinese regime’s criminal acts, this awareness will help people see clearly the Chinese Communist Party for what it is and help put this crime against humanity to an end.

To find DAFOH’s statement, please read: http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/10/3/142509.html

The signature drive during the 12th Congress of ISODP is one part of the ongoing global signature collection drive initiated by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting since June 2013. The petition will be submitted to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner to pressure the Chinese regime to immediately stop the forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.

As of the end of October, 800,000 signatures have been collected. Thousands of medical doctors and professionals signed the petition, condemning the unethical forced organ harvesting.

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