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Friday, August 20, 2010

Organ Harvesting in China: Professor Navarro Frustrated by Silence

Francis Navarro, head of the organ transplantation service (TTS) in Montpellier University Hospital, France (The Epoch Times)

Epoch Times: Dec. 2009/Flashback-PARIS—A French professor was compelled to conduct his own investigation after he stumbled upon disturbing information while training Chinese surgeons in organ transplantation techniques in China.

Professor Navarro, from France’s Montpellier University Hospital, heard that hospitals in China were conducting thousands of organ transplants for profit, and the organs were taken from unwilling and healthy Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their spiritual beliefs.

Navarro decided to pretend to be a patient looking for a fresh organ. His suspicions grew deeper when he heard the coordinator of a military hospital transplantation center say, "Hurry up, we have to proceed with all executions before the Chinese New Year."

Navarro was one of the first to say that practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong were the main victims of organ harvesting in China. He told his story at a conference at the French Parliament House in Paris on Dec. 3.

It was the resistance of physicians, his colleagues, and Western institutions to his conclusions that gave Navarro the biggest surprise when he first shared them. “Our little voices as physicians are not listened to, because of other associated problems," he said.

In January 2007, when Navarro prepared to answer an interview titled "Prof. Navarro will not transplant organs in China" by French magazine “Marianne,” he received an e-mail from a French Ministry official asking him to "control his statements." Several colleagues also severely criticized him.

Navarro told the other investigators at the conference that he was glad of all the proof that had collected, because “we feel like we are not listened to.”

The main investigative reports were published by Canadians David Kilgour and David Matas, who have just released a book titled, “Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs." Read more...

Organ Harvesting in China

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