Austria: Exposing Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners in China During a Press Conference in Vienna

David Kilgour spoke during a November the 21st 2006 press conference on human rights, arranged by the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR-IgfM) in Vienna, about the unimaginable human rights violations happening in China. Kilgour presented an investigative report that details organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.

David Kilgour spoke at the ISHR-IgfM press conference with a disarming smile and a pleasing voice. The message he brought to Austria, the 20th country he visited, was in stark contrast to his demeanor. He spoke of human rights violations suffered by Falun Gong practitioners in China that are unimaginable to those living in the West. The investigative report, prepared by David Kilgour and David Matas, a well-respected human rights lawyer, discloses that China has a large scale 21st century organ harvesting activity where the organ sources are imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr. Kilgour provided details of the unimaginable organ trade, “A few weeks ago we met with a man who traveled in 2004 to a hospital in Shanghai in the hope of having a kidney transplant. None of the four kidneys the military doctor provided were a match for this man. It took eight kidneys before a match could be made. The main surgeon at that hospital was also the chief doctor at the military hospital.”

Kilgour reasoned that since the beginning of the persecution of Falun Gong 41,500 to 60,000 transplants organ sources couldn’t be verified. At the same time, Kilgour contents that China’s regime did not, until actual accusations were made, admit officially that organs from executed death row inmates have been used commercially. “What China’s regime does not admit is that Falun Gong practitioners are executed for their organs, although they had not been convicted by any court of law.”

When asked if the United Nation’s Special Advocate for Torture, Manfred Nowak, had already looked into the accusations, Kilgour responded that Nowak is active concerning such accusations. “I was told that Mr. Nowak already put seventeen to nineteen questions about organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners to the Chinese Regime. Alas, he still has yet to receive a reply.”

When someone in the audience remarked that organ trade is also practiced in other countries, Kilgour emphasized quite emphatically that in China it is organ theft where unwilling donours are murdered for their organs.

When asked what could be done about it, Kilgour responded, “It helps if more people will ask Chinese diplomats about it. Also, if more people will state publicly that the Olympic Games should not be held in a country with such a regime, a regime that murders its own citizens for no more than economical gain and lining the individual’s pockets.”

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