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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Nowak, Kilgour highlight China's rights abuse at the UNHRC

The rapporteur on torture, Nowak Manfred, spoke at the UN Human Rights Council on September 20 about his 2005 investigation of China’s laogai. At that time he reported that Falun Gong practitioners, religious groups, human rights activists and dissidents are the main victims of torture in China. He added that torture is still widespread and rampant in China. It is anticipated that he will go back to investigate crimes of organ harvesting in the not-too-distant future.

"I was particularly concerned about the continuing practice of forced re-education of persons with dissident or non-conformist opinions, aiming at changing their personality and breaking their will, both in special re-education through labor camps, regular prisons, and even in pre-trial detention facilities," he said. (more)

The Honourable David Kilgour also testified at the Human Rights Council highlighting China’s bloody organ harvest targeting Falun Gong practitioners.

"I think momentum is growing. I think if all of us get on our Internet and on our computers and send emails by the thousands, we will reach the tipping point when the government of China will think if it doesn't stop this terrible [organ harvesting] its Olympic games might be affected. That's the thing, that's the tipping point, and we have to take advantage of that, to push and push and push, all of us." (more)

Falun Gong practitioners recounted the barbaric mistreatment they experienced at the hands of the CCP for not renouncing their faith.

"In court, I asked the prosecutor to produce evidence of my committing any crime," he said. To that the prosecutor replied, 'We know we don't have evidence. If we did, things would not be like this.'…They just ignored all the laws." On February 30, 2000, he was sentenced four years imprisonment.

Dai Ying, Li's wife, said she spent 17 hours per day sewing leather shoes for export of the US and Europe, as part of her labor camp experience. She has partially lost sight in one of her eyes due to electric baton torture. In her speech, however, she recalled a different aspect of her incarceration: Extensive physical examinations without any apparent purpose.

"We did not know the reason why only Falun Gong practitioners were physically examined, but one thing we did know: it was not done for care of our health," she said. Apparently, non-practitioners were not examined this way. After the organ harvesting allegations surfaced last spring, Dai began to suspect she had been assessed as a potential organ donor.” (more)

David Kilgour Testifies about Organ Harvesting Atrocities at UN Human Rights Commission

( On September 20, Manfred Nowak, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Torture, spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and described what he sees as the widespread use of torture in the People's Republic of China (PRC). During the discussion time after Mr. Manfred's speech, David Kilgour, coauthor of the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China," spoke to the audience and pointed out that the Chinese Communist regime’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong is appalling.

Kilgour spoke to U.N. Human Rights Council

Kilgour said: "Regarding whether or not the Chinese Communist regime has been harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and then cremates the remains to destroy evidence, human rights attorney David Matas and I jointly released an investigation report in July. In our report, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We carefully assessed 18 different elements of proof or disproof."

Kilgour said that many Falun Gong practitioners detained in Chinese prisons have been subjected to blood tests and physical exam. Because they at the same time have been subjected to torture and slander, he pointed out that such physical exams are not prompted by the authority’s concern for practitioners' health.

Kilgour also highlighted the fact that the waiting time to obtain matching organs is extremely short in China: just a few days or several weeks comparing to several months or even several years in other countries. "This suggests that there is a large live organ bank in China," Kilgour said.

The Canadian independent investigation report has raised wide attention from the international community, and many human rights organizations and renowned public figures have expressed their support to further investigation into these atrocities.

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