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Press Release: Cotler Tables Petitions Calling for Measures to End the Cruel Practice of Forced Organ Harvesting by China

Posted on February 20, 2015

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COTLER TABLES PETITIONS CALLING FOR MEASURES TO END THE CRUEL PRACTICE OF FORCED ORGAN HARVESTING BY CHINA

Ottawa – February 20, 2015 – MP Irwin Cotler, Liberal Party critic for rights and freedoms and international justice, has tabled six petitions on behalf of some 3000 Canadians concerned about the cruel and illegal practice of forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist regime. The petitioners call on the Canadian government to implement measures to end the Chinese regime’s practice of killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs, to amend Canadian legislation to combat forced organ harvesting and to publically call on China to end its persecution of the Falun Gong.

Forced organ harvesting has resulted in the deaths of some tens of thousands of prisoners, as documented by experts Ethan Gutmann and Damon Noto, international human rights lawyer David Matas, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour, and the organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting.

The Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights, of which Professor Cotler is vice-Chair, has heard compelling testimony to this effect as part of its study of the forced harvesting and trafficking of human organs, and has unanimously expressed its “deep concern over credible allegations that prisoners of conscience and members of religious and ethnic minority groups in the People’s Republic of China” – particularly Falun Gong practitioners – “are being executed for the purposes of harvesting and transplanting their organs.”

“I am pleased to stand in solidarity with these petitioners and with the many Canadians who are horrified by this brutal assault on human rights,” said Cotler. “I urge the government to pass legislation along the lines of my Bill C-561, which would further restrict organ trafficking, and to raise this issue with Chinese officials at every opportunity”.

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Contact:               Michael Milech

Office of Hon. Irwin Cotler

613-995-0121, Irwin.cotler.a2@parl.gc.ca

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