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American Thought Leaders


March 27, 2023
“We've been lying to ourselves so long, we don't know the truth when we see it,” says international human rights lawyer David Matas. For nearly two decades now, he has been one of the leading researchers examining the evidence of the Chinese regime harvesting the organs of living Falun Gong practitioners. “The medical profession here in the U.S. needs to start looking at the facts and not simply accept Chinese government statements about how good they are at face value,” Matas says. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently voting on the Stop Organ Harvesting Act, which imposes sanctions on people involved in forced organ trafficking and gives the State Department power to revoke their passports if they are convicted of such crimes. Several countries, including Canada, Israel, and Spain, have passed extraterritorial legislation that allows for the prosecution of perpetrators of forced organ harvesting, including brokers and advertisers that facilitate the practice. But the United States has not. “Obviously, if you kill somebody in the U.S. or the organs, you're going to be prosecuted. It should be the same if you leave the country and then come back,” Matas says.
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          About the show
          At a time when our nation is becoming increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek and his reporting team, features in-depth discussions with important thought leaders on key issues facing America—and Canada, the world—today.
          About Jan Jekielek
          Jan Jekielek is a Senior Editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, “American Thought Leaders.” Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, & international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as Website Chief Editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny.“
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