Transnational Crime: Organ Transplant Abuse

David Matas 2016

Presentation at the World Congress on Criminology, New Delhi, India, 17 December, 2016

By David Matas

What I want to discuss is transplant tourism, patients going abroad to buy organs for transplant in a foreign country. In particular, what I intend to address is the situation where transplant tourists go abroad to buy organs procured from prisoners of conscience killed for their organs.

Lest you think this is just a theoretical worry, I point out that there is compelling evidence that this is happening with transplants tourists going into China, that prisoners of conscience have been and are being killed in the tens of thousands yearly for their organs to be used in transplantation. Most of the patients who receive these organs are local Chinese. But there are also many transplant tourist customers.

The victims are primarily practitioners of the spiritually based set of exercises Falun Gong, a Chinese form of yoga. But Uighurs, Tibetans and a particular component of evangelical Christians, Eastern Lightning, are also victims.

The perpetrators are not black market operatives, but rather the Communist Party and the state itself. The crimes happen in state prisons and hospitals, committed by employees of those institutions. Because China is not subject to the rule of law, because the Communist Party rules the courts, the judges, the police, the investigators, the prosecutors and even the defence bar, there is no legal remedy in China for any Party instigated crime, including this crime.

The evidence in support of this abuse is voluminous and long standing. If anyone wants to consider this evidence for him or herself, I draw your attention to these books, reports and documentary films:

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