Kyodo News: Asia Group Calls for China to Allow Investigation of Organ Harvesting

The Kyodo News stated in a report published on December 19th, 2006 that veteran Democrat Szeto Wah declared that a group looking into the alleged harvesting by Chinese authorities of organs of Falun Gong practitioners will deliver a petition letter to a Chinese official in Hong Kong, seeking permission to launch an investigation in China.

The report said that early this month, following the establishment of the Australia Branch of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), the establishment of the Asia Branch was also announced. Former Democratic Party Legislator Szeto Wah is the vice president of the Asia Branch.

The report quoted Szeto Wah, "We will submit a petition letter to the Central Government's Liaison Office Director Gao Siren on December 20th, demanding that China allow our team to investigate, without authorities' surveillance, allegations of for-profit harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners."

According to Szeto Wah, the CIPFG (Asia Branch) also requested in the petition letter a meeting with human rights lawyers in the mainland, including lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been imprisoned by the CCP police since August this year.

The report said that a Canadian lawyer and former Canadian government official investigated over the testimonies provided by some Falun Gong practitioners who are currently residing in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, and released an investigative report this July which reached the conclusion that the CCP regime and the hospitals, detention centres and courts in the CCP system have killed numerous Falun Gong practitioners since 1999, but the specific number is still unknown.

The investigative report concluded that vital organs, such as hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas were harvested from Falun Gong practitioners. In fact, these organs have often been harvested and sold for a high bid. Many patients who bought organs are foreigners. If they wait for organs from voluntary donations in their own countries, the wait will be indefinite.

It is reported that the CIPFG (Asia) has 116 members, including professionals from all walks of life and people in academic fields from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Macao and Hong Kong legislators.

Szeto Wah said, "We will give Beijing a month to reply to our petition. If Beijing still refuses to allow our investigative team to launch an investigation, we will consider taking other actions in a peaceful manner."

The report finally said that one of the two authors of the investigative report, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia and Pacific David Kilgour, said that if the CCP does not stop its atrocities of harvesting organs, we will call for all countries to boycott the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing.

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