Scotland: Author Ethan Gutmann Exposes China’s Organ Harvesting Crimes

September 16, 2015 | By Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) Author and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann traveled to Scotland last month to promote his latest book, “The Slaughter,”which details the Chinese regime’s systematic harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

The book explains how much of the free world is complicit with the genocide-like crimes in China through allowing transplant tourism patients to purchase organs sourced from victims. Mr. Gutmann spoke at three events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The popular Edinburgh Art Festival was underway at the same time.

Mr. Gutmann first spoke at Waterstones Bookshop in Glasgow on August 28, 2015, about his investigation into the organ harvesting in China. He then spoke at the University of Edinburgh on August 29, following the screening of “Hard To Believe,” a documentary film about organ harvesting in China,directed by Ken Stone.On August 30, Mr. Gutmann spoke at the Just Festival in Edinburgh on the invitation of the organizers. The title of his discussion was “Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”

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Poster for the events

Mr. Gutmann reinforced to his audience at the three events, that the Chinese regime continues to kill prisoners of conscience for their organs, despite a number of claims since 2006 that it would only take organs from consenting donors. In fact, Mr. Gutmann said that the regime reacted to his book’s publishing last year by saying it would only harvest organs from consenting donors starting in January 2015.

“There’s a fairly simple way to think about this,” Mr. Gutmann said, “What is the waiting time for a kidney in the United Kingdom? It is three years. But in China, it is three weeks or less. That means we are looking at an enormous stable supply of donors with matching blood types on demand. This has been one of the tips that something is really going on in China.”

“One other disturbing trajectory, is the prices,” he said, “If China were cutting off the use of organs from prisoners of conscience, we would expect to see the price of organs going up dramatically. But they are not, nor are we seeing waiting times changing. It appears, at least, that this business is as usual.”

Mr. Gutmann said that in reality the Chinese regime is mis-representing the number of organ transplants, “They make up numbers at will. They lie as they like.”

The voluntary transplant numbers were previously only about 1 percent of the 10,000 transplants in China per year, he said. But the voluntary numbers jumped into the thousands after the regime announced that executed prisoners’ organs would no longer be taken. Mr. Gutmann said the regime’s claims remain unsubstantiated.

He encouraged audience members to talk to their doctors about the forced organ harvesting in China. He told the story of Israeli doctor Jacob Lavee, who proposed a ban on Israeli people traveling to China for organ transplants. As a result, legislation was passed, and it is now illegal for the people of Israeli to have transplant surgery in China. Mr. Gutmann said he hoped Scotland would take similar steps. The audience members discussed the issue afterward.

Mr. Gutmann Motivates City Councilor to Take Action

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City Councilor Martha Wardrop (right)

Glasgow City Councilor Martha Wardrop was an invited guest at Mr. Gutmann’s talk at Waterstones Bookshop. She said that city councilors should know about what was happening in China, and requested a list of Ethan’s books so she could ask her library to buy them.

A Falun Gong practitioner from Dalian City told Wardrop that some of her friends in Dalian had been tortured to death for practicing Falun Gong. The practitioner said that the body exhibits that travel the world are thought to be using bodies of Falun Gong practitioners who were tortured to death. “There were two body factories in Dalian,” the practitioner told Wardrop, “The bodies of Falun Gong practitioners tortured to death were processed into cadavers for profit.”

Wardrop told the practitioner, “Glasgow and Dalian are twin cities. I would like to gain more information and then talk to the Lord Provost of Glasgow.” Wardrop said that she would also invite practitioners to speak to the City Council.

Glasgow resident Alex Lennox attended the event. He said he had forwarded information about the live organ harvesting in China to the city councilor Andy Doig, of Renfreshire. The councilor replied to his email with, “Whilst China is an economic giant we cannot use that as an excuse to overlook their human rights abuses, not least in Tibet and against the Falun Gong.”

Doig is a Christian. He had encountered Falun Gong practitioners collecting signatures a few years earlier. He signed the petition and asked the practitioners for a few blank forms and flyers to share with his friends at church.

Let Me Help You

Claire Russell, a volunteer at Freedom from Torture, received invitations to the events from Falun Gong practitioners. She said she planned to send the information to all the other volunteers in the organization. She stressed that the doctors in the organization needed to know about the organ harvesting in China.

The director of a library in Glasgow was very moved by Ethan Gutmann’s talk at Waterstones Bookshop. “Let me help you,” she said, “This is great, as more people can know the current situation in China.” The library director asked for more flyers and posters so she could distribute them to other libraries in the city.

Medical Professional: The Film Is Thought-Provoking

A screening of the documentary film “Hard To Believe” was held in the John McIntyre Conference Center on the evening of August 29, at the University of Edinburgh. The audience included nurses, instructors from the university, and employees of the national health service. Many expressed horror that the Chinese regime would harvest organs from prisoners of conscience, and many were shocked that such a crime against humanity was occurring.

Emma, a research scientist at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and University of St. Andrews, said that her research was related to medical ethics. “I know some members of Scottish Parliament and some surgeons,” she said, “I will contact the members of parliament and see if the film screening can be held in the parliament.”

Ethan Gutmann is a veteran China analyst. His first book, “Losing New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire, and Betrayal,”details his personal experiences and insights into the corruption and seduction foreigners are pulled into while living in and doing business in China. Mr. Gutmann lived in Beijing for three years, where he was exposed to some of the most debase behavior of China’s corporate world.

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Kindness Toward Falun Gong by Government Workers Brings Benefits

September 16, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) As a steadfast Falun Gong practitioner, I am diligent with everything Master has asked of his practitioners. I study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts at the global hours, talk to people about Falun Gong, and make prerecorded voice calls to explain the facts about the practice and the persecution.

Work Unit Meetings

I am an elderly retired female practitioner who started to cultivate in 1996. I was the only practitioner in my work unit after the persecution began. Since the management and my co-workers had witnessed my physical and mental changes after I began to cultivate, they did not give me a hard time, despite the persecution.

The work unit held two meetings of Party members and a general assembly of all workers annually. This was a great opportunity to talk to everyone about Falun Gong.

To help people better understand the facts about Falun Gong, I approached the subject from different angles and put emphasize on becoming a healthy person, which was well received.

I first talked about the practice in general and used my experience in returning to good health to show the preciousness of the practice. I said that Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of mind and body, which requires the practitioner to be a good person, live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and to do the five sets of exercises.

Shortly after the two Party meetings, a general assembly of all workers was held. I was expected just to go through the motions, so they could report to the officials in generalities. However, I talked for 50 minutes about Falun Gong instead.

Before I started to talk, I took a deep breath and smiled at everyone. Everyone looked at me nervously.

I talked about how Falun Gong is a benevolent cultivation practice that teaches people to be kind and good, and to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

The founder of Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi, told us:

“You should always maintain a heart of compassion and kindness. Then, when you run into a problem, you will be able to do well because it gives you room to buffer the confrontation. You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything.” (Lecture Four in Zhuan Falun)

As I talked, no one interrupted me. I realized that Master had reinforced my ability to speak effectively.

After an hour, I felt I had said all there was to say for the time. The work unit head ended the meeting, and many of those who attended the meeting shook my hand. Someone also told me that I had done very well.

Of course, it was Master who helped me and gave me wisdom, courage, and righteous thoughts.

Persecution-Free Work Environment

Since the start of the persecution, none of the leaders in my work unit talked to me about “the Falun Gong issue.” Rather, my colleagues did not snub me and always greeted me warmly. Many also quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.

The head especially had a positive attitude towards Falun Gong. He never maligned Falun Gong during the Party meetings or the general assembly.

The head soon got promoted to deputy mayor, and the section level leaders were promoted to become department heads and deputies. Another group was promoted to section level leaders soon after.

This came as a big shock to people in other governmental agencies. They wondered why a unit that had no power or money promoted its people so easily.

They simply did not know that it was because the staff held kind thoughts toward Falun Gong and were thus rewarded for protecting practitioners.

Courage to Talk to Higher Level Official about Falun Gong

A female deputy municipal leader hosted a banquet for retired female officials close to the 2001 New Year. I thought that Master must have arranged for these people to hear the facts about Falun Gong, but my heart was heavy with worry.

Before I left for the meeting, I asked fellow practitioners to send righteous thoughts, and I asked Master, “This audience today is unusual. Their job titles are all higher than mine, so please help me! When I clarify the truth, please let them listen quietly.”

I then was confident and also determined in my heart because with Master and the Fa on my side, I would definitely do well!

At the banquet, many stared at me with an unusual look and asked me why I looked so young and beautiful. I told them that this was because I practiced Falun Gong.

“Falun Gong is not an ordinary qigong,” I said. “It belongs to the Buddha school. It is a practice that teaches people to become good and expects all practitioners to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It requires cultivation of your character.”

I talked for close to 50 minutes. They raised questions, which I answered patiently, and when we were about to say goodbye, I gave them each a Falun Gong flyer. With Master’s help I completed the task effectively.

After I returned home late in the evening, one person called me. “I have finished reading what you gave me,” she said. “Thank you!”

Hometown Folks Also Want the Facts

After I read articles on Minghui Weekly about practitioners going to their hometowns to let people learn the facts about Falun Gong, I felt I ought to return to my hometown, about a 200 kilometer distance from where I lived.

My husband and I returned to our hometown for two weeks, which gave us plenty of time to talk to everyone about Falun Gong.

A retired Party branch secretary and my nephew’s wife wanted to learn the exercises. So I invited them for two weeks to my house, during which time we listened to Master’s Dalian Lecture. I taught them the five sets of exercises and gave them each a copy of Zhuan Falun and lecture tapes.

My child and I went to my hometown several times thereafter to urge people to quit the CCP. During these trips, we showed the villagers the beauty of Falun Gong.

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Factory Manager Sues Jiang Zemin for Subjecting Him to Years of Brutal Persecution

September 16, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zeng Shugang submitted a lawsuit to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on August 8, 2015, suing former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin for tremendous suffering he incurred after Jiang launched the persecution of Falun Gong.

Because he practiced Falun Gong, the 45-year-old former production manager of a toy factory in Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province lost his job, was illegally arrested eight times, and spent over seven years in prisons, forced labor camps, and brainwashing centers. He lost three family members–his sister and both parents–during his incarceration.

Mr. Zeng started practicing Falun Gong in July 1996, after which his chronic back pain disappeared. He enjoyed a happy family life, and was well regarded by his colleagues.

Arrested Five Times in 1999

Mr. Zeng was arrested five times within a six-month period. His first arrest was on July 22, 1999, just two days after Jiang Zemin launched the persecution. He was detained for six hours and ordered to stop practicing.

He was arrested twice for doing the exercises in a park, and detained for 15 days each time.

Mr. Zeng was arrested another two times for going to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. He was detained 15 days after the first arrest. After the second arrest in Beijing, he was detained at the Hongshan Detention Center in Chaozhou for several months, where he was forced to perform intensive labor, endure beatings, and forced to stand in the cold rain for an entire night.

After his fifth arrest, Mr. Zeng was subjected to two years of forced labor in May 2000.

Over Seven Years of Imprisonment

Mr. Zeng was imprisoned at the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp in Foshan City, Guangdong Province from 2000 to 2002, and monitored by criminal inmates around the clock. He was forced to pull weeds every day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during the hottest part of the day. At one point he became severely ill from heat exhaustion, but was still forced to work under the hot sun the next day.

Mr. Zeng was put in solitary confinement for 17 days in November 2000. He was stripped down to his underwear and had to sleep on the cold ground. There were no eating utensils, nor was any toilet paper provided. In addition to the deplorable living conditions, Mr. Zeng was tortured with electric batons every day.

He was released in January 2002, but was arrested again in May 2002 and taken to a brainwashing center. He was forced to drink alcohol and beaten. He was not released until November. His family was forced to pay several hundred yuan for Mr. Zeng’s “living expenses.”

Mr. Zeng’s seventh arrest took place in May 2003, when he was visiting a fellow practitioner. He was released that night, but the police came looking for him again the next day. In a desperate effort to avoid arrest, Mr. Zeng jumped from the third floor. He was able to escape but had to go into hiding afterwards.

Mr. Zeng was arrested in Jieyang City, Guangdong Province on October 17, 2007, and was detained for seven months. While in detention he was beaten, doused with cold water, and forced to do intensive labor from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with only 15 minutes allowed for meal breaks.

Mr. Zeng was sentenced to five years in prison in 2008, and transferred to Meizhou Prison in Guangdong Province. The prison assigned a minimum of five criminal inmates to monitor each Falun Gong practitioner. Inmates forced Mr. Zeng to sit on a small stool from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day. They were instructed to beat him if he moved or didn’t sit up straight enough. As a result of the prolonged sitting, Mr. Zeng developed open sores on his buttocks that became infected and stuck to his trousers.

Mr. Zeng was also deprived of sleep and forced to read materials and watch videos that slandered Falun Gong. He was denied family visits while imprisoned.

Loss of Three Family Members

When Mr. Zeng was held at the brainwashing center in 2002, his sister was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, she asked to see her brother for one last time, but the brainwashing center refused to release him even for a brief period.

His mother, unable bear the pain of her son being persecuted and her daughter passing away, left home. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

His father, out of the pain of losing his daughter and wife, fell gravely ill and passed away shortly after.

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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