Beijing-based Lawyer Monitors China's Illegal Organ Harvesting

By Xu Lin, Sound of Hope Radio
April 20, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: April 20, 2006 12:00 am

Despite escalating harassment, human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng has continued to monitor the issue of organ removal from live Falun Gong practitioners in death camps similar to Sujiatun that exist across China. Gao believes that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is speeding up its destruction of evidence and witnesses and obstructing the truth from becoming available to the public.

Gao said, “I am continuing to monitor the development of the Sujiatun incident. Sujiatun is symbolic. I don't think anybody believes that Sujiatun is the only place [for illegal organ extractions] in China. It will not be.

“Of course, now the reason why we are so anxious is that [the CCP] will speed up its destruction of evidence and witnesses. This is the mentality of those with a guilty conscience. The destruction of evidence will not only cause disruption in the investigations, but more importantly, when calls were recently placed to big hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai, they would tell you, and directly tell you, that intact organs from Falun Gong practitioners can be used for transplants. They would also undoubtedly tell you that you have to hurry up and get in by the end of May. I think the human race should not remain silent any longer.”

Gao learned that the Committee to Investigate the Facts plans to go to mainland China to comprehensively investigate the persecution of Falun Gong, and he read the announcement of the first group of facilities targeted for investigation. He requested to join the Committee.

Gao said, “I hope to join the Committee to Investigate the Facts. I should have the credentials to join such a committee. In the last few years, I have continued to investigate the facts about the persecution such as what happened in Sujiatun. I have indeed learned some facts, some clues that can reveal the [CCP's] crimes to the public and can especially lead to witnesses. Most of them have been victims, too, and the persecution has left marks on their bodies. Some, like the elderly Ms. Wang Yuhuan, have even had their veins cut open [a form of torture].

“We have a responsibility to join such a committee. This has always been my hope, and I have the necessary conditions for doing this. Now, all over China, I have a broad network of eyewitnesses. I hope I can join such a committee to investigate the true situation.”