That’s how Terry Glavin puts it in a tweet. Further to this 2013 post,
China’s harvest of human organs tells us what we need to know about human rights
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Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion, right, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday June 1, 2016. Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS
What we know about the pillaging of vital organs from still-living prisoners in the People’s Republic of China, and the sale of their livers, lungs, hearts and kidneys, is that it is a widespread, outrageous and lucrative business and that the Chinese government habitually lies through its teeth about it.
What we know about the Chinese government’s paranoia about Falun Gong, a harmless spiritual discipline not unlike a form of contemplative Buddhism, is that the Beijing authorities have jailed, executed or otherwise “disappeared” thousands of its adherents, who numbered perhaps 70 million before the reign of terror against them began in the 1990s.
We know, too that Falun Gong prisoners have been singled out as sources of raw material for China’s shadowy organ-harvesting industry. We know this thanks largely to the persistent efforts at documentation undertaken by former [Canadian] cabinet minister David Kilgour and B’nai Brith senior legal council David Matas, and also owing to the more recent investigations carried out by the London-based foreign policy analyst and journalist Ethan Guttman. Their books on the subject are banned in China…
It is fitting, then, that it is in Ottawa – where only a few days ago Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ruined a little favour-currying affair the Liberal government had arranged in his honour by barking at Canadian journalists for impudently mentioning the words “human rights” in his presence – that Kilgour, Matas and Guttman are releasing a new report this week, exposing Beijing’s top-to-bottom complicity in the organ-harvesting racket. Titled Bloody Harvest / The Slaughter: An Update, the report runs to 564 pages, followed by 2,360 footnotes [see here and here].
The entire enterprise is controlled by the state, with the intimate involvement of China’s military and security apparatus. The report exposes the Chinese government’s efforts to enforce a systemic cover-up of the whole thing. It is an industrial-scale enterprise involving the traffic of tens of thousands of organ transplants every year – at least 15 times as many as claimed in official government statements.
Guttman’s 2014 research had settled on a “best guess” that 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been slaughtered for their organs over the past several years. The new report’s primary research findings, gathered together from hospital records, medical journals, whistleblower accounts and hard-to-hide databases, translated from the Chinese, appears to confirm that those earlier estimates were wildly over-cautious.
What we know about the number of people sentenced to death by China’s rubber-stamp judiciary every year is that the number is a state secret. Amnesty International doesn’t bother trying to count anymore – the last time was 2008, when at least 1,066 people were sentenced to death – but the usual death row organ-pillaging cannot account for the massive upsurge in transplant traffic in recent years. Voluntary organ donation in China is exceedingly rare. No organ donation system existed anywhere in China before 2010. A public, national organ donation system began only in 2014…
Last week, giving every impression that Canada’s postures on the subject of human rights in China are negotiable, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allowed that perhaps the free trade agreement with China that his party’s decrepit old sell-outs so feverishly desire might take a bit longer than they would want, owing to “an awful lot of work to do to get towards that, whether it’s on human rights and governance issues, whether it’s on respect for the rule of law around Canadian investments.”
We should mind our tone, Trudeau’s hapless, gawping foreign affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, continues to instruct us. The ghastly and unpardonable crimes of Beijing’s ravenous elites are best left to polite exchanges, in parlours. Says Dion: “I think that’s the best way to see progress made.”
Quite the hurl. Do read it all, note “to a lesser extent, the killing of Uyghurs, Tibetans and House Christians”. Relevant: