ORGAN HARVESTING IN CHINA
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The co-author of a report alleging routine organ harvesting in China
is tonight calling for action from the Australian Government. Canadian
human rights lawyer David Matas says Chinese prisoners, in particular
Falun Gong practitioners, are regularly used as a source of living
Jennifer Zeng fled China after serving a year in a Beijing labour
camp. She says most of the inmates like herself were imprisoned for
their Falun Gong faith.
JENNIFER ZENG, FALUN GONG PRACTITIONER: In the camp, the police was
threatened, "If you don't reform, which means if you don't give up
your belief in Falun Gong, you will be sent to a place where it is in
the far-west-north of China, and as soon as you were there, never
dream of coming back again."
Human rights lawyer David Matas says China uses imprisoned Falun Gong
followers as a source of living organs. He co-authored a report
detailing the allegations.
DAVID MATAS, CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER: You look at the volume of
organ transplants and they shoot up when the persecution at Falun Gong
begins. And this is another way, along with everything else, we come
to the conclusion that there's organs sourcing from Falun Gong
Falun Gong is banned in China. Practitioners are regularly detained.
Those who have been released report having extensive medical
examinations, blood tests and X-rays during their detention. Human
rights groups say it's a process to find suitable organs.
DAVID MATAS: You've got this huge, very vulnerable population, because
once they're not self-identified, nobody knows who they are or where
they are, not even their immediate family.
For ten years, this Falun Gong practitioner worked as a cardiac
surgeon in China's Liaoning province. He says his former colleagues
collected organs from living prisoners.
DR YUAN HONG, FORMER CHINESE SURGEON: In the morning when there was
going to be a transplant I saw the doctors, nurses and anaesthetist
dress in military uniforms. I was curious and asked why. They told me
they were going to get organs.
A spokesman at China's embassy in Canberra today described the
allegations as groundless and ficticious. SBS has been told this video
is the Chinese Government's response to David Matas's report.
CHINESE SURGEON ON VIDEO: I'm an ordinary surgeon. Such stories about
me aren't true. I am completely amazed.
David Matas will this week address an international transplant
conference in Sydney. He's calling on Australia and other nations to
stop training Chinese transplant surgeons, to stop transplant tourism
and to ban the sale of transplant drugs to China.