Publications, Press Releases

  • TAZ (German newspaper): People executed, then butchered

    "The Ministry of Health in China admitted at a physician’s conference, that the majority of organs used for transplant operations are taken from people who were executed. Beijing keeps silent about the number of death sentences but Amnesty International estimates that in 2005, the number was around 1,770 ... “China has so far deflected all discussions about this topic”, says Nicholas Bequelin, a Hong Kong based member of the human rights organisation Human Rights Watch. He thinks that transplantation medicine affects one of the most important human rights problems in China: the death penalty and the decline of medical ethics when organs are traded."
  • Irish Joint Committee on Affairs Issues Press Release about CCP’s Organ Harvesting Against Falun Gong Practitioners in China

    "A report investigating the possible organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners has alleged in its conclusion that "the Chinese Government has over the past half decade put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience" and "simultaneously seized their vital organs for sale at high prices", the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs was told this morning. The Joint Committee was being addressed by former Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region Mr. David Kilgour who co-authored the report with Mr. David Matas, an international human rights lawyer."
  • Irish Times: China to be Questioned on 'Organ Harvesting'

    "China's ambassador to Ireland is to be asked to appear before an Oireachtas committee to discuss claims that the Chinese authorities have been harvesting bodily organs from prisoners. A report investigating alleged organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China was presented to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs today. Former Canadian secretary of state for the Asia Pacific region, David Kilgour, who co-wrote the report with international human rights lawyer David Matas, addressed the committee today."
  • Prague Daily Monitor: March in Prague Against Human Rights Violations in China on Friday

    "Organs are removed alive from imprisoned members of the Falun Gong movement in China," David Kilgour, lawyer and former Canadian State Secretary for Asia and the Pacific Area, says in a report he presented at a seminar in the Chamber of Deputies today. Kilgour says in his report that people are killed during the removal of organs or immediately after it. He plans to speak at a rally at Prague Castle tomorrow that will convene after a public march across Prague to raise awareness of the issue.
  • UK Human Rights Report 2006 Critical of Regime in China

    “The Chinese authorities continue to violate a range of basic human rights. The use of the death penalty remains extensive and non-transparent; torture is widespread; there is a lack of judicial independence; obstacles to fair trials include administrative detention and re-education through labour (RTL); prison conditions are poor and prisoners are treated badly; human rights defenders, worshippers and Falun Gong adherents face harassment and detention ... "
  • Agence Télégraphique Suisse (ATS): United Nations to Investigate CCP Organ Trade

    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.
  • Ruhr News (Germany) Reports on CCP Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners

    "A large ‘medical operation’ took place on Kortumstraße Street on Monday at noon: a man wore a surgeon's gown and mask and a mannequin 'patient' lay on the surgical table in front of him whose body had been opened, and the ‘doctor’ was taking out the patient’s organs which were still bleeding. The Falun Gong practitioners in Bochum protested the atrocity of harvesting the organs from living people, which is happening in China, through this shocking scene on Falun Dafa Information Day."
  • Blick (Switzerland): Horrible organ trade

    ZÜRICH – A flyer is making the rounds in the country. Whoever accepts this flyer reads about organ harvesting in China. This is an accusation that was confirmed by international experts. One first reads in this flyer, found on Switzerland’s trains, the story of Wang Yuzhi. This forty five year old lady was imprisoned in a Chinese labour camp from 2000 to 2002. The Falun Gong member was force fed after going on a hunger strike. She suffered from being force fed through an oversized tube that was forced through the nose to the stomach. She was fed with her feces and urine.
  • Coburger Tagesblatt Daily Paper (Germany): Meditation to combat crime in China

    COBURG. The passers-by in the Spitalgasse saw yesterday an unusual picture - close to a dozen members of the dangerously suppressed Falun Gong movement in China sending righteous thoughts towards China. They wanted to call attention to the fact that the Peoples Republic sells “human body organs for profit,” said the co-organiser Yuan Zhang.
  • The Standard (Austria): UNO-Consultant Nowak investigates the organ trade

    Geneva: Against China’s wishes, the United Nations Organization’s (“UNO”) Human Rights Counsel in Geneva is looking into the alleged organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. The UNO rapporteur for torture, the Austrian Manfred Nowak, will investigate the grave accusations. “The responses by the Chinese authorities to our inquiries are disappointing,” said the Canadian Human Rights lawyer David Mata on Tuesday in Geneva. “They insult us instead of disproving the accusations.”
  • Germany: Local Media Reports on the Persecution

    On August 26th, a Chinese lady Luyi Schwab held a Falun Gong information day in Herrenberg to raise public awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in her homeland. Local newspaper Gäubote published an article on her event beforehand. The article said that the information day will touch upon the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Luyi Schwab stated that these practitioners' organs were removed by the Chinese Communist regime for sale.
  • European Parliament Resolution Urges Major Chinese Reforms

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing alarm over a range of Chinese economic, foreign policy, environmental and human rights issues, including the forced removal of organs from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners. The resolution was passed ahead of the summit in Helsinki between the European Union's executive body and China.
  • St. Gallen Taglatt Newspaper (Switzerland): Bachmann Acquitted

    “This cheque has particular symbolic value,” said Erich Bachmann. He received the cheque worth 2,200 Swiss Francs from Hong Kong’s Ministry of Justice, “after we were acquitted by the highest Court of Appeal, which is comparable to our Federal Court.” What happened? In March 2002, Erich Bachmann and fifteen other Falun Gong practitioners held a protest against the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China in a public area in Hong Kong. In 1999, the former President of China ordered this movement to be banned.
  • EFGIC: A Call for Justice at EU-China Summit

    Helsinki (EFGIC) - Two months ago, an investigative report was published by David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State, and David Matas, a renowned international human rights lawyer. This report concludes that organ harvesting is widespread on live Falun Gong practitioners in China. In the wake of the EU-China Summit in Helsinki, MEP's such as Simon Coveney, Charles Tannock, and Edward McMillan-Scott have co-signed a letter to the European Commission, expressing their concerns on this serious human rights violation. They urge the EU Commission to look into this matter and raise the issue during the Summit.
  • UK Newspaper Yorkshire Post: Grandmother Tortured by Chinese – all for her beliefs

    The 66- year- old claims she’s been beaten, force fed and suffered electro-shock therapy at the hands of the Chinese police – all because of her beliefs. Zhen is one of the lucky ones, though, she’s alive ... more than 2300 have been tortured to death.