David Matas, an international human rights’ lawyer from Canada, is known for this work on the organ transplant system in China. In 2007, he published a book entitled Blood harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for their organs relating to the collection of organs from prisoners on death row. He is holding a conference on this topic tomorrow in Toronto.
Despite recent announcements by the authorities (Gènéthique press review on March 10th, 2014
), the organ donor system still seems to be sourced by condemned prisoners, according to David Matas in an interview (The Star
). Considering that approximately 10,000 transplants are carried out each year in China and the fact that the country’s donation system is extremely limited, he concludes that prisoners are still a main source. Furthermore, blood tests and organ examinations are carried out on prisoners, especially in Falun Gong, Uyghurs and Tibet. He also broached the subject of transplant tourism.
David Matas explained that he “wants to talk about this subject [in tomorrow’s conference] and the consequences for the entire transplant profession, which up until now has, in my opinion, been too accommodating”.