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Forced organ harvesting in China came under the spotlight earlier this month. International transplant experts criticized the practice during a panel discussion alongside the 2011 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia. Many expressed concern about the Chinese regime targeting Falun Gong practitioners—rights advocates say they are being killed for their organs.
A group of transplant experts voiced their concern about forced organ harvesting during the 2011 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia on May 1st. Since 2006, allegations that the Chinese regime is killing prisoners of conscience for their organs have come under international scrutiny.
Matas presented evidence of their findings—including the transcripts of phone conversations between investigators posing as someone needing a transplant asking Chinese doctors about live organs.
[Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, Medical Director of Kidney Transplant Program UCLA]:
"All I'm saying is if we do nothing, if we do nothing, we will share the guilt."
Many medical experts who attended the panel discussion condemned the Chinese regime.
[Kate Tranotti, Medical Researcher at ICON]:
"It's very similar to Nazi Germany during World War II. I think it's atrocious. I do think the world needs to wake up."
[Yang Jinrui, Physiatrist]: (male, Chinese) (2nd to last bite in footage)
“Everyone understood one important issue. That is, if using organs from executed prisoners is against medical ethics, then the live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners is plain murder and a crime. I think this idea cannot be confused.”
During the discussion international pharmaceutical companies were also urged to do their part, by stopping drug trials on patients who have received organs from unidentified sources in China.