Media With Conscience (Canada): United Nations calls on China to prosecute organ harvesters
Ottawa, Winnipeg - The United Nations Committee against Torture today (21 November 2008) stated that China
immediately conduct or commission an independent investigation of the
claims that some Falun Gong practitioners have been subjected to
torture and used for organ transplants and take measures, as
appropriate, to ensure that those responsible for such abuses are
prosecuted and punished."
The statement was made in the
Committee’s Concluding Observations on the report made by China on
compliance with the Convention against Torture. Those observation can
be found [here]
Government of China should do what the Committee recommends. Failure
to conduct or commission an independent investigation on organ
harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners would put China in violation of
its international obligations under the Convention against Torture,
which the Government of China freely signed and ratified", said David
Matas, co‑author with David Kilgour on a report of organ harvesting of
Falun Gong practitioners
"It is rare for the UN system to call
the Government of China to account for its human rights violations.
The Committee against Torture must be commended for its willingness to
confront directly the very real human rights problems the Government of
China has posed to the world", said David kilgour.
considered the China compliance report in Geneva on November 7 and 10.
The Committee had a briefing session on November 6th with
non‑governmental representatives which David Matas attended.
report of David Matas and David Kilgour on organ harvesting of Falun
Gong practitioners was released in a first version in July 2006 and in
a second version in January 2007. It is available on the internet at: www.organharvestinvestigation.net.
For further information contact:
David Matas 204‑944‑1831
David Kilgour 613‑747‑7854.