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Saturday, July 22, 2006

US: Bar entry to China's transplant surgeons

UPDATE: Three cheers to the Kilgour-Matas team for their incredible work. I hope the US is listening and keep those surgeons from attending the World Transplant Congress. America shouldn't fuel the illegal organ harvesting industry in Communist China by upgrading the skills of transplant surgeons (from China). Look here for Between Heaven and Earth's reaction to WTC and here for more (reactions).

U.S. Newswire: Transplant Report Authors Ask the U.S. to Bar Chinese Transplant Surgeons

WASHINGTON, July 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The authors of a report into allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China have asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to revoke the visas or deny entry into the U.S. of Chinese transplant surgeons complicit in crimes against humanity. David Kilgour, a former Canadian Minister of State for Asia - Pacific and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer from Winnipeg, Canada, co-authored a report which concluded that there has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners for transplants. The practitioners are either killed in the process or after the seizures and their bodies cremated. The full report can be found here. A number of transplant surgeons from China have been granted visas for entry to the U.S. to attend the World Transplant Congress in Boston July 22 to 27.

David Matas and David Kilgour, in their letter to Michael Chertoff, wrote: "The widespread practice our report documents of harvesting of organs for transplants in China from unwilling donors should require from the US a substantial, meaningful inquiry and determination for every transplant surgeon seeking entry to the US. ... Those transplant surgeons who have not yet satisfied the visa office of their admissibility to the US after the sort of inquiry the regrettable state of transplant surgery in China requires should not be allowed to attend the World Congress."

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