I received a report today via e-mail regarding concerns about using Falun Gong prisoners to supply of organ transplants in China. This issue has been previously discussed on this blog, with some hesitation given the uncertainties about origins of information. See here for one post:
However, this report, by David Kilgour and David Matas, both of Canada, adds considerable support to those allegations. The report can be found here, along with other related stories:
Kilgour has a long public record as a member of the Canadian Parliament and former secretary of state for the Asia-Pacific region. He has a long history of work in human rights matters. I see no basis for anti-Chinese bias in this man’s background, and to the contrary I see independence and character. You can find his website here:
The coauthor, Matas, has an impressive background as a human rights lawyer. Here’s one independent website by a Jewish law students organization that gives some indication of his accomplishments:
The report is chock full of information, which I will not go into in detail. The specific link to the report is found here:
However, one point in particular struck me as a very solid indicator that something is wrong here, and it comes from a Chinese website run by “China International Organ Transplant.”
The site is located here: http://en.zoukiishoku.com/list/volunteer.htm
It is essentially a marketing site for foreign patients (and I suppose Chinese, too) to get organ transplants. Significantly, the wait time advertised for a liver transplant is one month – or no more than two months. By comparison, wait times in the US or Canada can stretch into years. What is the explanation? They apparently don’t need to wait for suitable donors to die. (Living donors work for kidneys, but not for livers.) You will also note from moving around that site that they seem to have no complications and 100 percent success rates. Yeah, right. (Apparently they don't have much of a med/mal bar in China.)
The report also notes that all Falun Gong prisoners are blood tested. (I doubt this is for their own healthcare needs.) Their religious practices, which also involve health consciousness, also makes them quite suitable as donors.
This report shows us what happens when utilitarian calculus trumps the value of human life. However, I have seen little coverage in the traditional media of the report and concerns in this area. Sunlight is a good disinfectant. Greater openness in China has been channeled toward economic growth and trade, but there remains a problem when there is not support for treating human beings as special creations, which are worthy of dignity and respect.