There was a good turnout at the forum at Brisbane’s City Hall tonight on the report into allegiations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China – probably about 100 people.
Allegations of a calculated practice of killing political prisoners on demand to use their organs for transplants are so confronting and enormous that they seem almost impossible to believe. For exactly the same reason, the allegations cannot just be dismissed without a full and independent investigation.To make such a heinous charge without categorical proof seems unreasonable, but the report produced by David Kilgour and David Matas provides many various pieces of evidence which strongly point to the possibility of such a practice (you can read the report online by clicking on this link).
When you combine what is in this report with established facts of major human rights abuses of the Chinese regime, including the world’s largest number of executions and the known practice of taking organs from executed prisoners, and the well established fact of serious and sytematic persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, then the allegations can’t just be dismissed as improbable because of they are extreme.
UPDATE: (29/9) This report by the BBC on organ sales in China makes interesting reading. It doesn’t mention Falun Gong, but given they are among those at risk of execution, it doesn’t really need to.