Australia is unconvinced over the Chinese Communist regime’s move for an opt-in process or a voluntary donor system for organ harvesting from executed prisoners on death row.
At a Senate committee hearing, Australian Liberal Party member, Eric Abetz, was quoted saying, “So these people have just kindly said to the Communist regime in China: ‘Well, when you’re going to kill me, make sure my organs are used for the benefit of humanity.'”
Graham Fletcher, Assistant Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, appears to share the same scepticism, reported by Australian Associated Press.
To date, here is considerable evidence of the CCP’s past and ongoing transplant abuse, relating to the sourcing of organs from prisoners. On October 3, 2018, Dr. David Matas, a Canadian international human rights lawyer, author, and researcher, submitted an Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism to Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
The inquiry specified that various researchers have concluded that Chinese authorities sourced organs from prisoners of conscience—Uighurs, Tibetans, house Christians (mostly Eastern Lightning) and mainly Falun Gong practitioners.
Matas listed references and sources that are reproduced at the end of this article.
Despite mounting evidence, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has remained unconvinced. “We have insufficient credible evidence to accept that those allegations are well founded,” said Fletcher.
Matas stated that this kind of “inappropriate stock response” is “out of step with the global response” and “should be discontinued.”
Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese spiritual meditation practice based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. It has been unlawfully banned since 1999 due to its overwhelming popularity.
A list of evidence establishing the Chinese Communist regime’s organ transplant abuse:
- 2006 submission to the US Congress by Kirk Allison Director, Program in Human Rights and Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/intlrel/hfa30146.000/hfa30146_0f.htm
- 2007 Yale undergraduate thesis by Hao Wang titled China’s Organ Transplant Industry and Falun Gong Organ Harvesting: An Economic Analysis. http://organharvestinvestigation.net/events/YALE0407.pdf
- 2009 Bloody Harvest, book co-authored by David Matas and David Kilgour, 2009. Seraphim Editions.
- 2012 State Organs, a collection of essays co-edited by David Matas and Torsten Trey. Seraphim Editions.
- 2014 The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting and China’s Secret Solution to its Dissident Problem, book by Ethan Gutmann. Prometheus Books.
- 2016 Report, a joint update by David Matas, David Kilgour, and Ethan Gutmann
- 2013 Red Reign, documentary by Masha Savitz.
- 2014 Human Harvest, documentary by Leon Lee, which won a 2015 Peabody Award.
- 2015 Hard to Believe, documentary by Ken Stone, Irene Silber, and Kay Rubacek. https://www.swoopfilms.com/the-film
- Ongoing work by the World Organization to Investigate Persecution against the Falun Gong. http://www.upholdjustice.org/
- Ongoing work by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China. https://endtransplantabuse.org/
- Ongoing work by the China Organ Harvest Research Centre. https://www.chinaorganharvest.org
- 2018 “Cold Genocide: Falun Gong in China,” by Cheung, Trey, Matas, and An. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal: Vol. 12: Iss. 1: 38-62. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5038/1911-9918.104.22.1683. Available at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/gsp/vol12/iss1/6