From the past one decade, the tragic news of organs being harvested from living “donors” has shocked millions world over. It’s estimated that China has made billions of dollars by extracting hearts, livers, and kidneys from healthy and alive people of faith; especially from those who practice the ancient meditation system called Falun Gong. Emerging evidence suggest that due to this horrific crime countless innocent people have been murdered for their organs.
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a spiritual discipline based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and has five gentle exercises, including a sitting meditation. The practice was first introduced to the public in 1992 and became immensely popular within a short span of time, and almost 70-100 million people were practising its meditative exercises by 1999 in China alone. The growth of this peaceful spiritual movement alarmed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and fearing for its so called ideological supremacy based on atheism, the communist regime announced an illegal ban on Falun Gong in 1999 and began the cruel supression.
Since the last 18 years, Falun Gong practitioners across China are forced to give up their spiritual belief rooted in the moral values of being true, kind, and tolerant—and if they do not agree, they are made to “disappear.” In 2006, shocking reports surfaced clearly suggesting that the allegedly “disappeared” Falun Gong practitioners were actually killed by the CCP in order to extract their vital organs, and the profits being generated from this unethical organ trade were estimated to be in billions.
The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) was established in 2006 to investigate the Chinese regime’s imprisonment, torture, killing, and organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State, and David Matas, a renowned international human rights lawyer, were asked to investigate the broader allegations of organ harvesting—the two Davids agreed to dig deeper to expose this horrendous genocide.
On July 20, 2006, Matas and Kilgour presented the findings of their investigation in a report titled, “Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.”
“Based on what we now know, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We believe that there has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners,” they said in their report.
“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”
After nearly six months of continuous investigation, Matas and Kilgour released a revised report on Jan. 31, 2007. The revised report contained 16 new items of proof and disproof, including interviewing organ recipients, the large number of practitioners tortured to death or missing, large-scale construction of organ transplantation centres in China, and profit-making by China’s military and medical system.
In 2009, the whole investigation achieved another milestone when the Davids published an updated version of their report in the form of a book: Bloody Harvest, The killing of Falun Gong for their organs.
It is the first book to reveal the gruesome crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China. The book is larger than the reports and contains previously unpublished materials. It is presented in two sections: the first section sets out the evidence, and the second section details the reactions the final report received as well as some suggestions on how to end the practice of using living organ donors in China.
The report’s allegations of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting crimes in China received considerable media coverage, particularly in Canada, Europe, and Australia. As a result, the transplant tourism practices have been tightened by governments in various countries. For their significant and commendable efforts, Kilgour and Matas received the 2009 Human Rights Award by the German-based International Society for Human Rights and were also nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a self-improvement meditation system based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992 in China. It is currently practiced by over 100 million people in 114 countries. But this peaceful meditation system is being brutally persecuted in China since 1999. For more info, please visit: falundafa.org and faluninfo.org.