Newsletter Q3/14 — August 11, 2014

In This Issue


Excerpt from 

The Slaughter by Ethan Gutmann

Ethan Gutmann’s new book The Slaughter (Prometheus Books 2014) reports findings that have been anticipated by investigators and advocates worldwide. Without excessive commentary, Gutmann presents the stark reality of the lived experience of a witness found credible beyond doubt, of her dreams (in italics) and psychological state, and the deeply personal attempts of the victim to subconsciously decipher the medical testing she was subjected to while in forced labor in China. Written with meticulous scrutiny, this book makes a landmark contribution to the body of knowledge of forced organ harvesting. The Slaughter is presently available for advance purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


With a release date of August 12th, the publisher has authorized DAFOH to print the following excerpt: 


Conclusion of the Wang Yuzhi case (Chapter 6, pp. 185-7)


…The doctors ignored her and went on with their blood tests, examinations of her heart, and a urine test. Then a medical team probed her body, her groin, her stomach, her eyes, and her head. She thought they were measuring her brainwaves. They would ask her if she had any history of illness. Wang said she did, and she noticed that they were talking about her AB blood type. They took her different places for more physicals, but Wang kept hearing the medical staff saying “this person is no good”; that is, she has no value. But the 6-10 Office wouldn’t just let her go. They wanted to probe her body further; they still wanted to do physicals. The medical team examined Wang four times, always for an hour or two, and a little differently each time.

On the last examination she noticed something.

Passing from one room to another, Wang found herself suddenly walking alongside some practitioners that she knew, all dressed in patient gowns like her. When the doctors saw the look of recognition, they immediately separated them. It was obvious to Wang that the doctors were scared. Wang was no good, but many of the practitioners Wang recognized in the hospital center were men-healthy, strongly built men…



During the process of exploring the large body of evidence on forced organ harvesting in China, one extraordinary factor stands out: widespread, costly medical exams forced upon labor camp workers. The initial investigative reporting of David Kilgour and David Matas in 2006, and Ethan Gutmann’s in-depth interviews with dozens of Falun Gong practitioners, revealed that many were subjected to extensive blood testing and medical exams while in detention and in labor camps.


Strikingly far-fetched is the combination of imposed diagnostic medical testing, meant to provide health care to “patients,” being delivered in the context of adverse living conditions in China’s notoriously abusive Laogai prison system. Life in the camps is defined by years of isolation, full separation from family, extensive working hours, brain washing, rape and torture. These factors, in combination with medical diagnostic tests performed to this extent, are implausible and appear to be unprecedented in the history of labor camps.


In order to study this phenomenon, we conducted an exploratory pilot study.



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News in Review

Governments and Parliamentarians
This landmark resolution is now positioned to have a substantial impact on China’s unethical medical transplant practices worldwide.
Co-chairman of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Congressman Chris Smith, has introduced a groundbreaking bill that would impose financial sanctions and denial of visas and federal services to violators of human rights in China.
Europe’s leading human rights organization adopted “The Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs” in July, criminalizing the illegal removal of organs from either living or deceased persons.

Minnesota lawmakers request state investigate unethical organ transplant practices

Minnesota Congresswoman Phyllis Kahn authored an open letter signed by thirty-four bipartisan members of the House, and state Senators Alice Johnson and Dan Hall, calling on MN DPH and the Office of Higher Education to assure ethical voluntary donation of any foreign sourced organ for transplantation.


U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China urges China to stop persecution

Commission Chairman Sen. Sherrod Brown, and co-chair Chris Smith issued a statement in July urging China to end the 15 year persecution and forced organ harvesting against Falun Gong practitioners.
Italian Parliament deliberates bill to criminalize organ trafficking

The Italian Parliament held a symposium on transplantation ethics in July, with a vote now pending on Sen. Maurizio Roman’s bill that makes organ trafficking a felony in Italy.


U.S. Department of State’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

This report released in July, highlights the brainwashing, psychiatric abuses and denial of legal rights of Falun Gong practitioners in China.


Testimony at Greek Parliament concerning forced organ harvesting

Former Canadian MP David Kilgour testified to the Health Committee of the Greek Parliament in June, encouraging measures to stop the forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China and to prevent collusion through legislative action prohibiting Greek nationals from obtaining trafficked organs.


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom 2014 Report

Report states that Falun Gong in China “face long jail terms, forced renunciations of faith, and torture in detention, and the government has not sufficiently answered accusations of psychiatric experimentation and organ harvesting.”


Australian Parliamentarians unite to address forced organ harvesting

Formed by MPs from several major political parties, and currently listed on the official Parliamentary Register, Australia’s Parliamentarians Against Forced Organ Harvesting(PAFOH), held opening ceremonies in July.


French protections against the merchandising of the human body

French MP Valérie Boyer was interviewed in July on the issue of merchandising of the human body and the unique French legal framework to protect against trafficking. Boyer recommended forming a research group to examine forced organ harvesting.

Parliamentarians Against Forced Organ Harvesting (PAFOH) forms in Asia

PAFOH Asia, established in April with 27 members from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao called for a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate China’s forced organ harvesting and bring perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.


Medical Professionals, Associations and Journals

Drs. Adnan Sharif, Maria Fiatarone Singh, Torsten Trey and Jacob Lavee‘s article, “Organ procurement from executed prisoners in China,” is available for review in this timely journal.


Medical Society of Virginia addresses forced organ harvesting

The House of Delegates of the Medical Society of Virginia passed a resolution in May condemning the state-sanctioned organ harvesting of prisoners in China. Manuel M. Belandres, MD initiated the resolution and personally appealed to the conscience of medical colleagues in China.


Lancet article indicates need for international measures to prevent organ trade

In the article, “A needed convention against trafficking in human organs,” Drs. Marta Lopez-FragaBeatriz Dominguez-GilAlexander M. CapronKristof Van AsscheDominique MartinEmanuele Cozzi, and Francis L. Delmonico describe the need for international enforcement of the laws of individual nations prohibiting the sale of human organs.


Medical professionals in London sign DAFOH Petition urging UNHRC action

Attendees at the 2014 International Transplantation Congress in London spoke out against organ harvesting from living prisoners of conscience in China, calling it a crime against humanity.


Australian doctor calls on medical professionals to take a public stance

In his article, “China and the organ trade,” published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2013, Jeremy R. Chapman, MD asserts that medical professionals have a responsibility to take a public stance against China’s practice of harvesting organs from prisoners.


Experts at the World Transplant Congress address China’s transplant abuses

Doctors from around the world met in San Francisco July 26-31 for the World Transplant Congress. Through a poster presentation and an independent forum, DAFOH members Adnan Sharif, MD, Alejandro Centurion, MD, Ethan Gutmann, and David Matas, Esq.enlightened conference attendees with an update on the crisis in China.

Investigators and Media


New York Post exposé details China’s transplant crimes past and present

The article “China’s long history of harvesting organs from living political foes” begins with an account of a surgeon who removed organs from a living Chinese prisoner in 1995, and concludes with the unsettling fact, that to this day, organ brokers sanctioned by the Chinese state advertise transplants to Western patients.


David Matas explains “flip flopping” in China over sourcing organs from prisoners

In this extensive update, human rights lawyer David Matas exposes the underpinnings of China’s inconsistent attempts to appease the Western world as the crime of forced organ harvesting commands global attention.


Iran arrests members of human organ trafficking ring

Iranian security and intelligence authorities have arrested seven people involved in an organ trafficking network.


Experts speak at University of Toronto about organ harvesting crimes in China

David Matas and David Kilgour, co-authors of Bloody Harvest, spoke at the University of Toronto in May, encouraging Canadian citizens to inform their political representatives about forced organ harvesting.


Ukraine media reports on forced organ harvesting after Yanukovych visits Beijing

In its analysis of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s visit to Beijing, the Ukraine Youth Daily reported on forced organ harvesting from living prisoners in China.
Chinese police take DNA from victims of persecution in their own homes

In a new development indicating a worsening situation in China, police in provinces across China are forcibly taking DNA samples from public citizens.


Mexican authorities investigate reports of organ harvesting from children

Mexican authorities captured an alleged drug trafficker from the Caballeros Templarios cartel, who officials say is being investigated on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering children in order to harvest their organs for sale.


Transplantation conference in China fails to open

Amidst international pressure, including a public rebuke to Chinese President Xi Jiping by The Transplant Society and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, a transplantation conference planned for June, 2014 was cancelled without explanation.


A May report from the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) exposes inconsistencies and confounding reporting methods used to circumvent evidence of live organ harvesting.

An interview with an expatriate Chinese man living in Denmark describes in detail the unethical selection process for transplant organs, the economics of foreign organ tourism and the corruption of military run transplant hospitals in China.


Chinese doctor implicated in organ transplant abuse case

Chinese state media has reported that Zhu Yunsong, deputy director of the Kidney Transplant Section at Guangzhou General Hospital, is implicated in an organ transplant abuse case. Zhu, author of numerous medical papers, performed over 1400 transplant surgeries since 2001. Of note, David Matas previously reported research findings that include a 2006 telephone recording of Zhu admitting to using organs from prisoners of conscience.


Swedish stroke victim suffers breach of organ donation protocol

Unable to speak or gesture, a paralyzed stroke victim in Sweden listened in astonishment as doctors talked with his family about donating his organs.

Multilingual News Briefs

The DAFOH global petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which garnered 1.5 million signatures in 2013, has not yet received a response. With doctors around the world expressing strong interest in continuing the petition, and in light of the silence by the OHCHR, we will continue our global petition with a renewed deadline of November 30, 2014.

If you have not yet signed our petition to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, please consider endorsement with your signature.


Download the petition form in other languages:

Chinese Language UN Petition

French Language UN Petition

Spanish Language UN Petition

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Videos, Books, Web, Reports

The Slaughter: Mass Killing, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem

Dear Colleagues and Friends,


This July, DAFOH took part in the 2014 World Transplant Congress (WTC) in San Francisco with an exhibition booth. We heard first-hand from medical doctors from China that the transplant boom continues uninterrupted.


We learned from attending doctors that transplantations in China not only take place at the 160 official transplant centers, but transplant surgeons also travel to smaller hospitals to operate, raising the number of Chinese hospitals performing transplants to about 1,000. One liver transplant surgeon told us that his hospital performs up to 100 liver transplants every three months.


The central question remains: What source could provide such a steady flow of organs?


Awareness of abusive, forced live organ procurement practices is growing rapidly around the world. In 2013, the DAFOH global petition to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights garnered 1.5 million signatures and the European Parliament adopted a comprehensive resolution to stop unethical organ harvesting in China.


In 2014, The Transplant Society and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group wrote an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking that more effective steps be taken immediately to end China’s corrupt transplant practices. Important new developments happened in July: The Council of Europe passed a convention criminalizing forced organ harvesting; House Resolution 281 was passed by the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee; Asian and European branches of the multinational coalition PAFOH, were founded. PAFOH meetings also took place at the Australian Parliament.


DAFOH’s work to raise awareness of unethical transplant medical practices around the globe will continue to generate reactions and further action. The recent organ harvesting news from Iran indicates that increasing awareness about the crisis in China is also carried to other regions. DAFOH will continue its mission to provide the medical community and society with objective findings of unethical and illegal organ harvesting.


DAFOH booth at the 2014 World Transplant Congress

Join us in making a difference by helping to increase awareness of organ harvesting, an abhorrent act that has no place in moral, ethical society. Please support the effort, share with your colleagues, stay informed with our quarterly newsletter and volunteer to co-sponsor DAFOH hosted forums and speaking events in your area.


Thank you for reading our newsletter. We welcome your feedback.




Torsten Trey, MD, PhD

Executive Director, DAFOH


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Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) aims to provide the medical community and society with objective findings of unethical and illegal organ harvesting. Organ harvesting, the removal of organs from a donor, without free and voluntary consent, is considered a crime against humanity, as well as a threat to the integrity of medical science in general. This edition of our newsletter offers up-to-date information on international efforts to stop unethical organ harvesting.