Timeline of Important Events

On March 9, 2006 The Epoch Times broke the story that at a provincial hospital in northeast China, doctors were harvesting organs from living Falun Gong detainees for profit. A Chinese investigative journalist who worked for a Japanese TV station (his identity was initially kept as anonymous and later known as Peter), informed The Epoch Times that the Chinese Communist regime had detained 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners in a concentration camp in Sujiatun, Shen Yang city, Liaoning Province for the purpose of harvesting their organs for profit. The journalist said the place is equipped with a crematory, and no practitioner has come out alive.

On March 17, 2006 “Annie,” a former staff member at the Sujiatun hospital, affirmed the allegations. She said her neurosurgeon husband extracted corneas from practitioners there for two years. Other doctors would simultaneously take their livers, kidneys and other organs while practitioners were still alive, and then immediately cremate the body to destroy all evidence. She said the brutality of the live organ harvesting caused her ex-husband tremendous emotional conflict, so he eventually confessed his crimes to her. She also revealed that the Sujiatun labor camp had begun its inhumane organ harvesting for profiteering as early as 2001, and reached its peak in 2003.

On March 27, 2006 Xinhua Net (a CCP publication) published a new "Interim Regulation for Human Organ Transplant Practice," issued by the PRC Ministry of Health, ostensibly designed to restrict organ theft. The directive will take effect on July 1.

On March 28, 2006, after nearly three weeks of silence, the Chinese regime issued a statement denying the existence of the Sujiatun camp and inviting members of the international community to take a tour through the Thrombosis Hospital at Sujiatun. “Peter” and “Annie” viewed this as an empty gesture after the removal of evidence by the Chinese regime.

On March 31 a third witness, identifying himself as a veteran military doctor, confirmed the crimes at Sujiatun. He said that Sujiatun is just one of 36 similar concentration camps in China. He stated that it would be useless to investigate Sujiatun now because it is easy for the military to transfer several thousand people to some other camp in a single day. He also revealed that currently most Falun Gong practitioners being used for organ harvesting are detained in jails, labor camps and detention centers. Jiutai district, Jilin Province, alone has detained more than 14,000 Falun Gong practitioners. The largest camp, called 672-S, houses more than 120,000 prisoners, including large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners.

April 4, 2006 the Falun Dafa Association and Minghui web site (Chinese version of www.clearwisdom.net) founded "The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China" (CIPFG) calling for people from all walks of life and any organizations to form a united investigation group to gather all possible leads, and for anyone with specific knowledge in this area to help expose the inside stories of labor camps, prisons and hospitals in China that are colluding with each other in the persecution and illegal organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. An urgent notice was announced the following day, asking the international community to initiate investigation procedures to prevent more killing, as information surfaced that many hospitals and transplant centers were speeding up transplantation operations. The first investigation target list was announced on April 11, and a detailed plan of the CIPFG was published on April 28.

April 13, 2006 prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng applied to join the CIPFG, followed by former professor Jiao Guobiao from Peking University and retired professor Sun Wenguang from Shangdong University.

April 14, 2006 led by local Chinese officials, a US delegation toured the facilities in Sujiatun and announced that nothing was found. The validity of the finding is seriously doubtful because the CCP had ample time to clean up any traces of evidence.

April 16, 2006 the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) published their third report, revealing that military and quasi-milliatry hospitals in several provinces participate in the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

April 18, 2006 a reporter from Sound of Hope radio network in Australia had her visa application rejected by the Chinese consulate when she planned to go to China for an independent investigation into the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. The next day, a reporter from The Epoch Times, Europe also had her visa application rejected, followed by another rejection of a reporter from New Tang Dynasty TV. Many treat these applications as tests of the CCP's sincerity regarding their "invitation."   

April 20, 2006 Falun Gong practitioner Dr. Wenyi Wang shouted during the White House reception, urging President Bush and Chinese leader Hu Jintao to stop the organ harvesting crime and the persecution of Falun Gong. The two witnesses, “Annie” and “Peter”, speak at a public rally.

April 24, 2006 - 81 members of  the U.S. Congress cosign a letter initiated by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California urging President Bush to have a full investigation into the organ harvesting charges and demand an explanation from Chinese leader Hu Jintao and an agreement to allow onsite third-party investigations.

April 30, 2006 the military doctor inside China sent out another letter, revealing the official process of harvesting Falun Gong practitioners' organs. He said that the numbers of "underground" organ selling are many times greater than the numbers officially published by the CCP, and the attention of the investigation should be on military facilities.

May 8, 2006 David Kilgour, Canada’s former former Secretary of State (Asia Pacific), and  human rights lawyer David Matas announced that they would be carrying out an independent investigation into the allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. Their plan included going to China as well as questioning witnesses outside China because they are more free to give information as they are not subject to intimidation as they would be inside China.

May 21, 2006 The Vice President of the EU, Edward McMillan-Scott, went to China on a three day journey of exploring the truth. In Beijing he met  with two Falun Gong practitioners and questioned them about the persecution of Falun Gong. , Mr. McMillan-Scott is the first high-level western official to personally meet with persecuted Falun Gong practitioners inside China. The facilitator of the gathering, a Boston businessman and Falun Gong practitioner himself, was arrested and deported for "hosting an illegal meeting.” Both practitioners were also arrested; one of them has not been heard of since.

July 6, 2006  At a packed press conference Thursday morning on Canada's Parliament Hill, David Kilgour and David Matas publish their two-month investigation report, affirming large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners in China for profit. They believe such an atrocity is widely spread in China and is continuing. "Organ harvesting of unwilling donors where it is either systematic or widespread is a crime against humanity," state the authors of the report. "When you read this report, you will be appalled," Kilgour said.

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