Taiwan: Director of Department of Health Orders Doctors in Taiwan Not to Get Involved with China's Inhumane Organ Transplantation

Hou Sheng-mao, Director of Taiwan's Department of Health, said recently that he was very concerned after reading "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China" by international human rights lawyer David Matas and David Kilgour, former Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) for Canada. He has issued an order to Taiwan's doctors not to encourage patients to get commercial organ transplants in mainland China or get involved in such inhumane organ transplantation.

Director Hou made the statement when he attended the 27th Annual Conference of the Association of North America Alumni of the Medical College of Taiwan University in Los Angeles on August 11th, 2007. He believes that organ transplantation in any country should be based on law and morality. It should proceed with respect for human rights, not be based solely on profit.

Director Hou said that Mr. Matas and Mr. Kilgour met with him when they visited Taiwan and provided the report and other information.

Director Hou explained that in Taiwan, organ transplantation cannot be a commercial transaction. No organ trading is allowed, and only organ donation is permitted.

Chang He-hsiung, Director of the Association of North American Alumni of the Medical College of Taiwan University, said that Taiwan is very careful about organ transplantation and proceeds according to international standards. He said that the CCP's live organ harvesting is illegal and should be stopped.

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