Ten years ago, Canadians David Kilgour and David Matas were asked to independently investigate claims that China’s ruling communists were secretly killing Falun Gong practitioners for their body organs.
After two months, Kilgour, a former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), and Matas, a respected human rights lawyer, released their 140 page report.
In it they found that the allegations were true.
“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals, but also detention centers and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience,” said the report in part of its conclusion.
“Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”
They called what was occurring in China: “A new form of evil on the planet.”
Since the report, and its updates, both men — and others — have continued their research, and have raised awareness of the atrocity.
Further updates of the Kilgour-Matas report was published in book form in 2009, titled Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs.
Both men recently spoke at a TEDx Talk in Munich, Germany, about the issue — which you can watch above — where they discuss how the Chinese state is continuing to kill prisoners of conscience for their organs.
Millions of peaceful Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted in China since 1999, after which a sharp rise in the number of transplants in China have been observed. Also commonly known as “Falun Dafa,” the practice became extremely popular in China during the 1990s with tens of millions of regular Chinese people practicing it. Falun Gong is based on meditation and slow moving exercises, the practice has at its core three main principles: Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance.
Researchers have discovered that other prisoners of conscience — Tibetans, Uyghurs, and House Christians — have been targeted by the communists as a source of bodily organs, only to a lesser extent.
Watch this short documentary by Swoop Films about the persecution of Falun Gong: