Launch event for ‘State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China
By Joan Delaney, Epoch Times | May 29, 2013 - Where exactly the organs used to supply China’s lucrative transplant industry are coming from is the thorny question tackled in “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China.”
Edited by Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas and Dr. Torsten
Trey, executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting,
“State Organs” is a collection of essays about the practice of illegal,
forced harvesting of organs from prisoners in China, including Falun
Gong prisoners of conscience.
Since it was initially published last July, the book has had several
launches to raise awareness about the issue. The Victoria launch will be
held June 4 at the downtown branch of the Greater Victoria Public
The official explanation for the source of organs for transplantation
in China—which doesn’t have a national organ donation program—is that
the organs come from prisoners sentenced to death.
However, Trey pokes holes in this story, pointing out that not long
after Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) was outlawed by the Chinese
regime in July 1999 and tens of thousands of its practitioners where
imprisoned, those practitioners “were turned into a pool of living,
though not consenting, organ donors.”
“Once the blood and tissue factors match with the transplant seeker,
the matching Falun Dafa practitioner is killed and his organs
harvested,” Trey writes in his essay.
Although no official numbers are available, Matas estimates that to
supply 10,000 transplants, each year 1,000 death row prisoners are
killed for their organs; 500 transplants come from living donor
relatives; 500 are from Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Eastern Lightning House
Christians; and 8,000 come from Falun Gong practitioners.
The story of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in
China first surfaced in March 2006 when a Chinese military doctor,
hospital worker, and journalist revealed that practitioners were being
killed by the thousands for their organs in labour camps and hospitals
across the country.
Later that year, Matas co-authored an investigative report showing
widespread harvesting of organs from imprisoned Falun Gong
practitioners. The report concluded that between 2000 and 2005, there
were 41,500 transplants where the only explanation for the sourcing was
Falun Gong adherents.
The essays in “State Organs” provide facts, statistics, and witness
accounts, and posit that the killing of prisoners for their organs is a
breach of the most basic medical ethics.
The authors also share their insight on ways to combat the practice
and influence change in order to hopefully bring an end to forced organ
harvesting in China.
“Anyone concerned about the ethical practice of medicine will be both
chilled and heartened by this book—chilled that prisoners, including
prisoners of conscience, in China continue to be killed in large numbers
for their organs, and heartened that leading members of the medical
profession are standing up to combat this abuse,” Matas said in a press
The Victoria launch of “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China”
will take place at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch,
735 Broughton St., on Tuesday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m.in the Central
Meeting Room. The event will include a screening of “Free China: The
Courage to Believe.” Admission is free.