NEW YORK (Falun Dafa Information Centre) - A 45-page investigative report was released on Thursday that addresses allegations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong detainees; the Falun Dafa Information Centre is calling the report, "vitally important". Coauthored by former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour and human rights attorney David Matas, the report draws "the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true."
Speaking with the press, Kilgour said on Wednesday that, "I don't think anyone can have any doubt that this unbelievable practice is continuing... They take both kidneys, then the heart and the skin and the corneas and the liver, and your body is then thrown in the incinerator."
The report identifies the perpetrators specifically as "the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and 'people's courts'."
"The allegations here are so shocking that they are almost impossible to believe," the report states. "[They] represent a grotesque form of evil which, despite all the depravations humanity has seen, would be new to this planet. The very horror makes us reel back in disbelief. But that disbelief does not mean that the allegations are untrue."
Kilgour and Matas spent weeks gathering and verifying evidence for the report, interviewing witnesses, and attempting travel to China. The Chinese Embassy did not accede to the team's request for travel to China for investigative purposes.
The report also details at length the team's methods of investigation and the process of evaluating evidence.
"Our conclusion comes not from any one single item of evidence, but rather the piecing together of all the evidence we have considered. Each portion of the evidence we have considered is, in itself, verifiable and, in most cases, incontestable. Put together, they paint a damning whole picture. It is their combination that has convinced us."
The Information Centre welcomes the recommendations made in the report--which include diplomatic pressure and stronger measures to prevent crimes against humanity such as organ harvesting in China--and hopes that other governments will join Canadian officials in considering them.
"This kind of independent investigation is absolutely vital," says Falun Dafa Information Centre spokesman Erping Zhang. "These organ harvesting crimes are so horrific that, sadly, what is preventing many organisations and nations around the world from pressuring China to open the doors of its labour camps immediately is the disbelief that such crimes are possible in this day and age. But under the direction of the Chinese Communist regime, they do take place and many continue to die."
The full report, which includes interview transcripts, can be downloaded at: http://investigation.redirectme.net/
NEWS - July 06, 2006
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