Universal Values and Engagement With Beijing

Twenty years ago, the party-state in Beijing launched a brutal campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. People everywhere should condemn the ongoing torture, killing, organ pillaging, and demand the release of all Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience.

Since seizing political power in 1949, the party-state has persecuted minorities mercilessly, instilling terror in the Chinese people.

The Uyghur Muslim community in Xinjiang is now similarly victimized. Uyghurs entering “re-education camps” are reportedly blood-tested for organ transplant purposes. One credible escapee reported that those given orange arm bands at the tests simply “disappeared.” World leaders must speak up; it cannot be “business as usual” with a regime that treats minorities or anyone so appallingly.

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka

Recently, a highly-respected Canadian, Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka, wrote in the Ottawa Citizen:

“First, they denied. Then, they said they would stop it. …(However,) they never did…. The murderous practice continues unchecked. Chinese authorities (loudly denied) that they were ‘harvesting’ organs from political prisoners, mainly the Falun Gong, to sell on the open market to people in need of organs.

“This is … brutal murder: taking (the freshest and best) organs from the bodies of live people …. (Despite) irrefutable evidence this was happening, the Chinese authorities denied it…

“Then, in 2014, … the Chinese authorities announced they would soon (stop) this practice of taking organs … (and executing) prisoners …. thereby revealing that they are (both) liars … (and) murderers….

“It is mind-boggling to think that the civilized “world” applauded, rather than calling out the Chinese government and demanding they stop the murders immediately rather than eventually…

“… (Now) we learn that the Chinese authorities are … still at it.

“… Governments must hold the Chinese government (accountable). Canada and the U.S. should join (those) countries (banning) travel to China for transplant surgery. Any deal with China … must include an insistence that this barbaric practice stop immediately, coupled with a mechanism whereby such stoppage is verifiable.”

Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter

In 2006, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) asked David Matas and me as volunteers to investigate. We’ve released two reports and a book, Bloody Harvest, and have continued to investigate (Our revised report is accessible in 18 languages from www.david-kilgour.com.). We determined that for 41,500 transplants done between 2000-2005 in China, the sourcing was beyond any reasonable doubt Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

Ethan Gutmann’s 2014 book, The Slaughter, estimates that organs of 65,000 Falun Gong and “two to four thousand” Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Christians were “harvested” from 2000-2008. Our 2016 update is accessible online:  https://endtransplantabuse.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/06/Bloody_Harvest-The_Slaughter-June-23-V2.pdf

Forced Labour Camps

Matas and I visited about a dozen countries to interview Falun Gong practitioners who managed to escape both the camps and China. Inmates in forced labour camps make a range of export products as subcontractors to multinational companies. This gross corporate irresponsibility and violation of WTO rules call for an effective response by all trading partners of China.

Response of Transplant Professionals

In the decades of the Soviet Union, mental health professionals globally faced the abuse of psychiatry there against prisoners of conscience and acted strongly against it, helping to change Soviet era practices changed. Today, transplant professionals face the abuse of transplant surgery in China, but their response has been mostly disappointing.

Some have read the research and realize that what is going on in China with transplantations is mass killing of innocents and coverup. They accordingly distance themselves from the Chinese transplant profession and encourage others to do likewise. The Chinese party-state has no credible factual answers to the work of independent researchers who have demonstrated the mass killings of innocents for transplantation.

Indeed, given the massive scale of the transplantation business in China, it is impossible to deny this research in any credible manner. The Party publicizes and exaggerates the endorsements of the transplant professionals in democracies who have fallen for their propaganda. A willingness to confront truth about China is needed in the transplantation profession before many more innocents are killed for their organs.

The International Coalition to end Transplant Abuse in China can be accessed at https://endtransplantabuse.org.

Universal Values and Engagement with Beijing

Former counsellor at the Canadian embassy in Beijing and professor of political science at Brock University Charles Burton: “…politely urging Beijing to grant visas to our agricultural specialists to show… that our canola seeds are not contaminated as they falsely claim, or seeking mildly supportive press releases…(won’t) get us anywhere…”

“China succeeds in its existential threat to pluralistic, democratic and free-thinking societies because we’ve been blinded by greed, and have …looked away for more than 25 years as Communist authorities ignored international norms of human rights and fair trade…Currently, there is no coherent multi-national strategy against Chinese influence operations. The less we respond to it in any substantive way, the more China is emboldened in its practice of global disruption.”


What is most needed from Washington, Ottawa, and other capitals is stronger political will and more sophistication in exerting universal values with Beijing on all bilateral issues, especially on organ pillaging.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

David Kilgour
Human Right Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
David Kilgour, J.D., former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, senior member of the Canadian Parliament and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work related to the investigation of forced organ harvesting crimes against Falun Gong practitioners in China, He was a Crowne Prosecutor and longtime expert commentator of the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong and human rights issues in Africa. He co-authored Bloody Harvest: Killed for Their Organs and La Mission au Rwanda.