On September 26th, Agence Télégraphique Suisse (ATS) of Switzerland published an article entitled “The United Nations is to Investigate China’s Organ Trade”.
The article said that China was not able to stop the discussion in the UN Human Rights Commission about the allegation that it harvested organs from Falun Gong practitioners. The current meeting of commission members ended on October 6th. The UN rapporteur will look into the allegation and report back to the UN.
Canadian Human Rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Foreign Minister responsible for the Asian Pacific region, David Kilgour, wrote an investigative report on the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. On Tuesday, Matas said in Geneva that the response from the Chinese regime was disappointing and empty. The regime did not reject the facts in the report; instead choose to attack its authors. This made us very concerned about the events occurring there.
In the name of the International Multi Belief organisation, Mr Kilgour demanded of the Chinese Ambassador at the meeting that before the Beijing Olympics that China should answer to the allegations of deprivation of freedom, torture and disappearance of Falun Gong practitioners.
Mr Matas said that a report into the problems of torture, arbitrary sentencing, religious freedom and disappearance had been passed to the UN rapporteur. The UN rapporteur of torture Mr Manfred Nowak visited China last year. He agreed to join the current investigation.
China didn’t release any information about its organ trade. But the trade is extremely lucrative due to large demands from Taiwan and Hong Kong. For example, a kidney goes for $62,000, a liver for $130,000, a lung for more than $150,000, and a heart from $160,000.
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