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On March 5, Dr. Damon Noto attended a meeting of the Sunset Rotary Club-Central Bergen where he discussed the growing epidemic of harvesting organs from prisoners scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in China. Showing revealing statistics and visual aids, Noto explained that China executes more prisoners than all other nations combined. In 2009 alone, more than 5,000 people were executed in China, ensuring a ready supply of organs to sell on the international market. A large percentage of these people appear to be prisoners of conscience such as the Falun Gong. Between 1994 and 1999, Chinese government statistics show that 18,500 organ transplants were performed,increasing to 60,000 between 2000 and 2005. In 2006, China Daily reported 20,000 transplants were being performed per year. This huge jump in the number of transplants cannot be explained by any increase in the number of executions or donations but it does coincide with the start of the persecution of The Falun Gong, which started in 1999 and led to hundreds of thousands of healthy people entering China’s extra-judicial Laogai system.
The kidneys, livers and hearts are often sold on demand to overseas patients, who can afford them. That is, the prisoners of conscience are tissue typed and then killed once a matching recipient is found for their organs. Shocked by these reports, two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers launched their own investigation. Then in July 2006, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific, David Kilgour, and renowned Canadian human rights attorney David Matas, published their own 140-page report. It drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true.” The story, almost too dreadful to believe, was first revealed in March 2006 when a woman claimed that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked. She also said that her husband, a surgeon at the same hospital outside the northeastern city of Shenyang, had disclosed to her that he had removed corneas from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong adherents. One week later, a Chinese military doctor not only corroborated the woman’s account but claimed such atrocities were taking place in 36 different concentration camps throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.stoporganharvesting.org. Noto encouraged guests to urge their congressional representatives to co-sponsor House Resolution 281, which “expresses concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in The People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs and members of other religious and ethnic minorities.”