29 Dec 14
The Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., is a former Secretary of State, Asia-Pacific, for the Canadian government. In 2006 he, along with human rights lawyer David Matas, investigated allegations of widespread organ harvesting targeting Falun Gong practitioners. The results were published in the Kilgour-Matas report titled Bloody Harvest. With extensive knowledge of this subject, he gives his perspective on the recently published The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, by author Ethan Gutmann. -Truth On Tour
The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem
By Ethan Gutmann, Prometheus Books, 2014, 355 pages
Author Ethan Gutmann worries that, in a period when 900 non-fiction words are allegedly the maximum busy people will read on topics beyond their own range of experience, his 355-page book will not obtain the wide readership the heroes, victims, and scoundrels presented throughout it deserve.
In reality, his work is as absorbing and moving as any novel; there are even 70 images for a visual age.
It is also a meticulously-researched record of repression, torture, and murder by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in more recent years, witnessed by persons directly involved, usually as survivors but also some defectors.
Gutmann deftly places the persecution of the Falun Gong, Tibetan, Uyghur, and House Christian communities in context. He focuses mainly on Falun Gong, as the group most viciously and continuously targeted since 1999, when the CCP itself estimated the number of practitioners to be 70-100 million, but each of the others receives close attention as well.
Ample space is given to speculation as to why the Party-state in Beijing risks so much, including international respect, to attack such vast groups of its own citizens. He also attempts valiantly to allow readers to reach their own conclusions, although it’s difficult for this reviewer to see how any reasonable person’s conclusions would differ markedly from those of Gutmann.
On the issue of organ pillaging/trafficking, we read about witnesses who received physical examinations in forced labour camps, prisons, and black jails, which were clearly aimed at assessing their organs for tissue matching. Gutmann adds importantly to the evidence David Matas and I—and many others—have compiled about the pillaging of organs from Falun Gong by documenting similar crimes done to Uyghurs, Tibetans, and House Christians.
In the appendix, he explains how he arrives at his “best estimate” that organs of 65,000 Falun Gong and “two to four thousand” Uyghurs, Tibetans or House Christians were “harvested” in the 2000-2008 period alone. Uniquely in China, no “donors” survive pillaging because all vital organs are removed to be trafficked for high prices to wealthy Chinese nationals and even higher ones to “organ tourists” from abroad.