David Kilgour, the renowned human rights lawyer famous for leading the most important social causes of our time, such as the efforts to expose the persecution of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) and the brutal organ harvesting perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party, has died at the age of 81.

Kilgour had suffered from a rare lung disease for years, which worsened this past year, and died in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, CBC reported.

David Kilgour was an MP for 27 years and was not afraid to challenge his colleagues to stand up for the truth. He was first elected MP as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. He joined the Liberals months later and served as Secretary of State for a five-year term. In 2005, Kilgour resigned from the Liberals and remained active in human rights causes, particularly China’s treatment of minority groups, including Falun Gong practitioners.

As a practicing Christian, the human rights activist always advocated freedom of belief and peace. For this reason, he worked staunchly to strengthen human rights and build peace in countries such as Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe, according to David Kilgour’s biography

When the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong was established in 2006, David Kilgour, as former Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific, took a keen interest in the cause. Together with David Matas, a renowned international human rights lawyer, they undertook an investigation to expose the genocide in China, which included imprisonment, torture, murder, and organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners, the International Coalition to end Transplant abuse in China reported.

On July 20, 2006, Matas and Kilgour presented their investigation: “Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.”

The experts concluded that the allegations of large-scale forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners were true and continue today.

Their reports revealed that numerous prisoners of conscience of the Falun Gong spiritual practice have been killed in hospitals, detention centers, and ‘courts’ illegally. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were forcibly removed and sold at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who typically spend long time for an organ in their own countries.

In 2007, Kilgour, Matas and journalist Ethan Gutman supplemented their report with more evidence: 16 new pieces of evidence, including interviews with organ recipients, as well as a large number of tortured or missing practitioners, the large-scale construction of organ transplant centers in China and the linked profiteering by China’s military and the medical establishment.

In 2009, the experts published an updated version of their report in the book: Bloody Harvest, The killing of Falun Gong for their organs.

The book reveals the terrible crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China. The first section of the book lays out the evidence. The second section details the reactions the final report received and some suggestions on how to end the practice of using live organ ‘donors’ in China.

Kilgour and Matas received the 2009 Human Rights Award from the Germany-based International Society for Human Rights for their hard work. According to David Kilgour’s Biography, they were also nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.   

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a discipline of the Buddha School based on 3 universal principles: Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance that raise moral standards. It also includes 4 qigong exercises and a meditation practice free in the parks. For more information, visit en.falundafa.org and en.faluninfo.net.

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