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Human Harvest: China’s Organ Trafficking
By Leon Lee
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 21:30
10,000 organs are transplanted in China every year, yet there are only a tiny number of people on the official donor register.
It’s become a destination for people wanting to avoid waiting lists and get a quick transplant. The industry is said to be worth a billion dollars.
But where are the organs coming from?
“Somebody’s being killed for the organ,” human rights lawyer David Matas says. “There’s no other way to explain what’s happening.”
Investigators claim thousands of them have been detained by authorities.
“I testify to the atrocious crime that the hospital committed in removing livers and corneas from living Falun Gong members,” says former worker Annie.
“Some of them were still alive when they were secretly burnt in the incinerator that was in the boiler room.”
Her husband at the time was a surgeon responsible for removing organs. They fled China to escape the work, but he then faced an attempt to kill him.
“Some people in the hospital knew about this, but they were too afraid of being killed to speak up,” she says.
David Matas believes such evidence is the only way of explaining the fast availability of organs.
“Everywhere else in the world it would be months and years,” he says. “When you book a transplant in advance, for a heart transplant, and you go to China and you get a transplant within a few days.”
After his last visit to Beijing, in May 2006, all the dissidents and former prisoners-of-conscience with whom he had contact were arrested, imprisoned and in some cases tortured.
(3) Oriental Organ Transplant Centre (also called Tianjin City No 1 Central
Hospital),Tianjin City, (15 March 2006):
N: Is this Chief-Physician Song?"
Song: Yes, please speak."
N: Her doctor told her that the kidney is quite good because he [the
supplier,] practises ...Falun Gong."
Song: "Of course. We have all those who breathe and with heart beat...Up until
now, for this year, we have more than ten kidneys, more than ten such
N: "More than ten of this kind of kidneys? You mean live bodies?"
Song: "Yes it is so."
UPDATE 4-More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank
(Reuters) - Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China's regional and global influence.
“My talk to Roosevelt was at the White House,” Karski recalled later. “I answered his questions, told him everything about the Jews, sparing nothing. I found it helped sometimes to shut my eyes and speak the facts as if I were a machine.”
“Tell your nation we shall win the war,” Roosevelt replied grandly, avoiding mention of Polish Jews in immediate peril.
So Karski kept trying. Accompanied by the Polish ambassador to the United States, he met with Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; and again, it was much the same: no real reaction.
Frankfurter asked Karski, “Do you know I am a Jew?”
Karski, a Catholic, did know that -- and told Frankfurter so.
Then the esteemed jurist told him, in reference to the death camps, “I can't believe you.”
Karski replied that he was speaking under the authority of the Polish government and there was no possibility in the world that he was not telling the unadorned truth.
Stretching his arms out, Frankfurter turned to the ambassador and said, “I did not say this young man is lying. I said I cannot believe him. There is a difference.”