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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Letter: Why we shouldn’t rely on China’s paper laws

MWC: May 2, 2007 - Re: Organ Trade; Human Rights Watch advocates expressed their concerns last month about China’s new rules on organ trade and they’re not the only ones. Earlier this year two Canadian lawyers reported that Chinese doctors and the military are heavily involved in illicit organ harvesting and transplant tourism in China.

Their study revealed that from 2000 to 2005, there were 41,500 organs of unknown origin transplanted in China--the unwilling donors being Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. They are pre blood-tested while incarcerated to provide match-able organs on demand and often killed in the process. Report: Bloody Harvest

It is clear that reviving these existing rules will serve one purpose only-that is-to keep criticism at bay ahead of the Olympics. If we don't question data derived from transplantations performed in China along with loose regulations to remedy this macabre practice, I’m afraid we will simply fail the test time and again. Meanwhile the killing goes on unabated.

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing": Edmund Burke said. Please think twice before rushing to China to get a kidney!

Marie Beaulieu
Victoria BC Canada

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