Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas is at the forefront of a global effort to end a human rights atrocity happening inside China—forced organ harvesting.
Over the weekend, David Matas spoke in Calgary, Canada. The forum sought to raise awareness about the organ harvesting allegations. The largest group of victims identified so far has been practitioners of Falun Gong. It's a meditation practice persecuted by the Chinese regime.
[David Matas, Co-author, Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs]
"Those that did the exercise after 1999 were arrested and asked to denounce the practice. Those who did not were tortured. Those who refused to recant after torture, disappeared. David Kilgour and I concluded that many of those who disappeared were killed for their organs."
Dr. Shawn Wu is a member of the global medical activist group, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting. He presented evidence on China's transplant business. In particular, the Chinese regime's failure to properly explain the source of thousands of unaccounted organs used in transplants.
Human rights abuses in China have relevance in Canada. At a related forum on Saturday at the University of Alberta, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Doctor David Swann, highlighted how Chinese state-run companies are also involved in human rights abuses. For example, Chinese oil giant, CNOOC, recently was approved for purchase of Canadian oil producer, Nexen.
[David Swann MD, Alberta MLA]
"The company, the Chinese national oil company has been involved in with some of this discrimination and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. What can you do? You can do a lot. If you simply contact your Member of Parliament, who is influential and our federal parliament, that is a very important start."
David Matas, who also attended the Saturday forum, stressed what he believes should be the priorities of Canadian-Sino relations.
[David Matas, Co-author, Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs]
"Raising business issues you address human rights concerns and put human rights first."
The forced organ harvesting allegations against the Chinese regime has been brought to the attention of the United Nations, and the United States Congress. Other than Falun Gong adherents, other alleged victims include religious prisoners, like house Christians, Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs.
NTD News, Canada
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