A DOCTOR SPEAKS OUT: Torsten Trey, MD,
Ph.D., Chief Executive Director of "Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting,"
says China’s communist regime took a turn for the worse in 2001, at the same
time it was awarded the 2008 Olympics. He spoke July 23 (Yi Ping/The Epoch
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- With the Olympics to begin only a few weeks away, the
opponents of the Chinese communist regime are having to accept the unpleasant
fact that China’s leaders have no intention of abiding by China’s promise, when
awarded the prize in 2001, to improve its human rights record and respect the
Emerging now is the incongruity of the Olympic tradition of
peace and tolerance with a host that is bent on suppressing human rights and the
press at home while supporting some of the most murderous regimes abroad--Sudan,
Burma, and Zimbabwe.
"This year’s Olympics faces constant criticism because the
host government is one of the most systematic violators of human dignity," said
David Kilgour, former member of the Canadian parliament and Canadian Secretary
of State for the Asia Pacific, speaking at the National Press Club on July 23.
Mr. Kilgour was joined by a panel of critics of the regime, speaking on some
aspect of this incongruity.
Kilgour is the co-author with attorney David Matas of Bloody
Harvest, which investigated allegations of systematic, large numbers of organ
harvesting throughout China, inflicted on living, unwilling Falun Gong
practitioners. He noted that the Chinese Medical Association recently reached an
agreement with the World Medical Association that "organ tourists" can no longer
obtain transplants in China.
"Whether this is anything more than public relations,
intended to benefit the Beijing Olympics, remains to be seen," said Kilgour.
Kilgour spoke of the numerous interviews which he and Matas
conducted of Falun Gong practitioners sent to forced labor camps. He said they
were told of working 16 hours daily, with no pay and little food and many
sleeping in the same room. The products made for multinational companies, such
as garments, chopsticks and Christmas ornaments, "constituted both corporate
irresponsibility and violations of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules."
Organ Harvesting and Winning the Bid to Hold the 2008
The picture became still more grim when Dr. Torsten Trey
spoke following Kilgour. Chinese hospitals advertised on the Internet that they
can offer scheduled transplantations within 2-4 weeks. In the West, the waiting
time is typically several years. Moreover, Dr. Trey notes that the Internet
offers are surprising in that Asian countries are reluctant to donate organs,
unlike western cultures, and that no pubic organ donation program exists in
China. Dr. Trey, of German nationality, is Chief Executive Director of Doctors
Against Forced Organ Harvesting.
The explanation for the organ donors given by the regime,
i.e., most organ transplantations come from executed prisoners, is simply not
plausible, said Dr. Trey: "In order to provide matching organs in such a short
period of time, one would need to refer to a standing pool of donors. However,
death row candidates are executed relatively soon after their death sentence,"
and so a ready pool of organs is not possible from executed prisoners. There
appear to be an abundance of organs, while at the same time no plausible
explanation where the organs come from.
Moreover, not every prisoner undergoes blood testing, but the
adherents of the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong are frequently blood
tested, based on eyewitness accounts and practitioners who managed to get free.
Given the way practitioners are treated, often tortured to death, "the
blood testing is certainly not because the perpetrators are concerned about the
health of their victims," said Dr. Trey.
Thus, the evidence and other evidence point to one
conclusion: "Falun Gong practitioners are being used as a standing pool of organ
donors," said Dr. Trey.
When did this horrendous practice begin? asked Dr. Trey.
"According to the available data, the practice of forcibly harvesting organs
from living people started in the same year when China won the bid for the
Thus, at the same moment that China promised to improve the
human rights situation in order to win the bid, the Chinese Communist leaders
launched a program exemplifying the lowest of human depravity.
The Olympics and Controlling the Press
Perhaps the most sinister aspect of the regime is its success
in controlling the minds of most Chinese. Naturally, the press cannot be free.
In 2001, when Beijing was lobbying for the 2008 Olympics, however, the regime
promised more openness and access for the foreign press.
"Foreign correspondents constantly face harassment, detention
and intimidation at the hands of Chinese security forces and plainclothes
police," said Shirley Wu, Ph.D., representing Sound of Hope (SOH) Radio
Established in 2003, SOH started shortwave broadcasting that,
beginning in 2007, reached the entire of China for 14 hours daily. It reports on
the suffering of Chinese minorities, corruption of government officials,
persecution of religions and campaigns against freedom of the press.
The reason that SOH became necessary is that in China, media
are either state-owned or tightly controlled by the regime. "The Chinese
communist regime’s propaganda has been an important mechanism to maintain
control. Their techniques have been refined to include a mixture of true and
false reports," said Dr. Wu.
While there may be the appearance of more choice in
magazines, newspapers, and TV stations, certain subjects are taboo, said Sarah
Cook, from Freedom House. Tibet independence, Falun Gong, Taiwan, Uighurs,
multi-party political systems (threatening to Communist one-party rule), and
criticism of top leaders are topics not covered by the Chinese press.
Initially, coverage of the schools collapsing from the
Sichuan earthquake was not stopped, but after three weeks this all changed, said
Ms. Cook. The Chinese journalists feel strong incentives "to write stories that
are safe." If their stories are not used by their editors, they go unpaid.
And the penalties for irritating the authorities are quite
"We are not talking about 6 months sentences, but more like 8
years," said Ms. Cook. Nonetheless, a few Chinese journalists are bravely
"pushing the limits."
"It has reached the point where the propaganda can completely
control public opinion and demonize any individual or group it wants to," said
The propaganda that the students fired on the soldiers at the
Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989 is still pervasive, said Ms. Cook. Of
course, the students were unarmed, but people still believe this lie.
"Any Internet company wishing to do business in China must
censor itself to gain access to the market," said Dr. Wu. Even Chinese media
outside of China, under political and financial pressure, censor themselves and
avoid reporting on certain sensitive areas, such as human rights issues,
corruption, even the severity of natural disasters and epidemics.
SOH is seeking to break the communist regime’s blockade of
free information through large-scale shortwave radio broadcasting directly to
the Mainland Chinese population.
Hope lies with the Chinese people and the brave Chinese
journalists. Millions petition the central government, despite the fact that
nearly all are turned away, and among the many that are arrested, 50 percent are
beaten up, said Ms. Cook.
It is a myth the Communist Party is spreading that the
Chinese people are not interested in human rights, and that it is something that
has been imposed from the outside, said Ms. Cook. The Chinese journalists and
petitioners are seeking fairness and justice despite the adversity, and this
proves that human rights matters to the Chinese people, said