Austria: Exposing Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners in China During a Press Conference in Vienna (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) David Kilgour spoke during a press conference on human rights, held November 21, 2006, and arranged by the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR-IgfM) in Vienna. The press conference's purpose was to highlight the unimaginable human rights violations happening in China. Mr. Kilgour presented an investigative report that details illicit organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Mr. 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 with the message, posed a 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 Mr. David Kilgour and Mr. David Matas, both well-respected Canadian human rights lawyers, 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. He said, "A few weeks ago we met with a man who traveled in 2004 to a hospital in Shanghai in the hopes 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 were unverified. At the same time, Kilgour contends 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 innocent Falun Gong practitioners are executed for their organs."
When asked if the United Nation's Special Advocate for Torture, Manfred Nowak, had already looked into the allegations, Kilgour responded that Nowak is active concerning the issue. "I was told that Mr. Nowak already put seventeen to nineteen questions about organ harvesting of 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 donors are murdered for their organs.
When asked what could be done about it, Kilgour responded, "It helps if more people ask Chinese diplomats about it. Also, it would help if more people state publicly that the Olympic Games should not be held in a country ruled by such a regime, a regime that murders its own citizens for no more than economical gain and lining individuals' pockets."
Originally published in German at: http://de.clearharmony.net/articles/200612/35259.html
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