“Mass Murder” Is the Missing Piece in the Chinese Transplant Industry

In China, mass murder has been taking place under the name of “Organ Transplantation”.
Here, I interview three individuals who have been researching this issue for over 10 years.


David Matas

Born in Canada. UN General Assembly Canadian Representative, Member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, Chair of the Canadian Constitutional and International Law section of the Canadian Bar Association, Gandhi Prize, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Former Secretary of State for Canada

David Kilgour

Born in Canada. Canadian MP (Lower House) from 1979 until 2006. Former Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Region. Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Heart Surgeon

Jacob Lavee

Born in Israel. Member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG). He initiated the introduction of the law that prevents Israeli people visiting China for the purpose of transplant operations.

Transplant operations are taking place in a horrific manner in China now.

The waiting time for transplant operations is 1–4 weeks in China. This is unusually short if you compare it with the waiting times in the US, which are several months to years. The high number of transplants should be looked at as well. While there are 25,000 cases per year in the US, it is said that there could be as many as 60,000 to 100,000 cases per year in China since 2000.

The main recipients are top executives of the Chinese Communist Party, followed by wealthy people in both China and abroad. It is thought that the transplant industry will bring 1 trillion yen (roughly 10 billion US dollars) in revenue to China.

Why is it possible to carry out so many transplants in China? This is because they remove organs from Falun Gong (*1) practitioners who are detained in camps due to religious persecution. Prisoners whose body organs match with the recipients are executed. In other words, this is murder on demand.

Two individuals who have researched this issue since 2006 and a doctor who is committed to stopping transplant tourism came to Japan for the launch of the Association to Consider Organ Transplantation in China (SMG Network), and held a press conference. After the press conference, we had an opportunity to interview them.


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— What is “Organ Harvesting”?

M: It means “innocent people who are deprived of their freedom being murdered en masse for their organs”.

— Please tell me when you first learnt about “Organ Harvesting” in China.

Dr Jacob Lavee: I learnt about the illegal organ transplants occurring in China in 2005. A patient in Israel was told by his insurance company that “if you go to China, you can have a heart transplant in two weeks’ time.”

A donor of the heart has to die, so a transplant scheduled in two weeks’ time means someone is scheduled to die. I told the patient “Are you kidding? Someone will die on the day of the operation.” However, the patient went to China and had an operation.

Mr David Matas: Being a lawyer, I was asked by a Falun Gong-related contact to investigate the reality of the Chinese organ transplant industry, which they believed was the mass murder of Falun Gong practitioners.

The reason why I decided to investigate the issue is that the victims, Falun Gong people, did not have any organized group, and they were virtually unpresented. Another reason was that I am Jewish and engaged with the court cases of war criminals who escaped to Canada after the Holocaust (*2). I followed my belief that “I must fight against human rights abuses”.

After the investigation, it was concluded that “Organ Harvesting is true, and innocent Falun Gong practitioners have been targeted and the practice continues.”

— How did you feel when you first learnt that Organ Harvesting is true?

M: I know humankind has committed bad deeds, but at the same time, I believe that “Human beings are sublime”. So, I was very disappointed.

In the 20th century, Nazis killed Jews in gas chambers and with machine guns. Now the Chinese Communist Party is killing innocent people with new technology called “Organ Transplantation”.

Mr David Kilgour: Many Falun Gong people are imprisoned and forced to make toys and Christmas decorations.

The Chinese government sometimes claims that “transplants are done on the black market”, but this is not true. The Chinese government, and hospitals and doctors under the regime, select matching human beings on a computer database and remove their organs. This is a “crime under dictatorship” and it is not conducted by freelance doctors.

M: It is difficult to file a murder case if it is done by a nation, but it is possible to take it to the International Criminal Court. My intention is not only to stop the illegal organ trade, but to find criminals to be judged by law.

K: This is a new type of crime. How can we commit ourselves to free trade with China when it kills innocent people? I would like Japanese to consider China as a criminal nation. I sincerely hope that Japanese will understand the current situation and step in to protect innocent people.

Japan should be able to take a leadership role on this issue as a leading nation in Asia.


*1 Group of people doing QiGong. Since 1999, the Chinese Communist Party has suppressed them heavily because the number of Falun Gong practitioners exceeded 70 million.
*2 Mass murder of 6 million Jewish people by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
“Mass Murder” Is the Missing Piece in the Chinese Transplant Industry
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