Austrian and Hungarian Media Reports on New Evidence Regarding the CCP's Trade in Organs Harvested from Living People

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On April 2nd, 2007, by invitation from Austria’s International Society for Human Rights and the Hungarian Amnesty International, Canadian human rights lawyer Mr. David Matas attended a press conference at the Hungarian Reporters Association in Budapest to disclose new-found evidence in the report written together with co-investigator Mr. David Kilgour about the Chinese Communist Party’s harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Many media from Austria and Hungary wrote reports on this afterwards.

Austria’s mainstream media: International Society for Human Rights accuses the CCP of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, Nazi victim’s lawyer Mr. Matas reminds people about the Nazi propaganda

The Austrian Press Association, Austria’s Der Standard newspaper and Die Presse newspaper all reported on Matas in Budapest providing new evidences of China’s organs trade.

Der Standard reports: Canadian Human Rights lawyer David Matas says in Budapest, “If you want to go to China for an organ transplant operation, someone will be killed so that you will be kept alive.” He was talking about a report on the CCP removal of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, written together with co-investigator Mr. Kilgour, called “The Bloody Organ Harvest”.

The report quotes relevant statements by human rights organisations. Katharina Grieb, the chairwoman of the International Society for Human Rights in Austria says, “this report reveals the most evil practice in human history, and that China is the world’s biggest concentration camp.” The chairman for Amnesty International in Hungary, Mr. Mark Fodor says, “the labour camps where Falun Gong practitioners are being detained use the cruellest and most inhumane torture methods that we can imagine.”

Matas points out that the propaganda used by the CCP since 1999 to persecute Falun Gong is similar in many ways to the propaganda of Nazi Germany. As a renowned lawyer of victims of the Holocaust, Matas thinks that the CCP methods are extremely similar to those of the Nazis. After a group of people have been systematically branded with the label of “enemy”, they can then justify a new form of violent suppression and make it “reasonable”.

Half a year after the publication of the investigational report, it was revised with additional evidence, records of phone calls to hospitals in China, statistics from the websites of Chinese hospitals as well as statements made by human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Society of Human Rights.

Hungarian Media: Matas urges the Hungarian and European Parliaments to do all they can to stop the illegal organ harvesting.

Hungary’s daily newspaper “Nepszabadsag” (People’s Freedom) published an article entitled “Beijing Condemned for Illegal Organ Harvest”. The article reads: Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and Canada’s former secretary general for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour condemned the Chinese Communist Party’s systematic and illegal organ harvest and organ trade in their investigational report, which points out that the organs come from detained Falun Gong practitioners. The profits of the organ trade flows into the CCP’s Health Department, and the CCP’s army also profits from it. Matas says that he has already asked the Hungarian Parliament to do their best in putting a stop to it.

The article also points out that one can find a matching organ in China within a very short period of time. This proves that a huge source of organs exists in China. It is very likely that most of these organs have come from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in jails and labour camps in China. Another piece of evidence is that families of Falun Gong practitioners who have been persecuted to death found marks on the corpses where organs have been snatched.

“Nepszabadsag” published another article which explained in detail the phone-call records to transplant hospitals in China collected by Matas and Kilgour during their investigation. The article also reads: in these telephone conversations, the Chinese doctors made it public to Matas’ investigational group that the sources of the organs are Falun Gong practitioners. This shows that Falun Gong practitioners in China are deprived of all rights and many people don’t even think it a crime to murder Falun Gong practitioners.

Both articles published by “Nepszabadsag” touched upon the question of what Europe should do in response this. The article says that last year a motion was proposed in the European Parliament to condemn the CCP harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. However this is far from enough. Matas hopes that laws will be passed to stop citizens of other countries going into China for illegal organ transplant operations and laws to stop the export of anti-rejection medicines into China, because they are used when removing organs. Another thing is that the Chinese doctors involved in this crime should be banned from coming to Europe for training.

Hungary’s “Info Radio” broadcast an interview with an Amnesty International member and reported on the two Canadian investigators’ report as well as the conversation records with Chinese hospitals and statistics about organ prices in China. Furthermore it also reported about the testimony of a Chinese surgeon’s wife who has escaped to America. Her husband has done more than 2000 operations to remove cornea from victims in China.

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