Thursday, April 19, 2007

An inivitation to Princeton

Princeton forum on
'China's Silent Genocide'
to be held Friday afternoon

Featuring David Matas, prominent human rights lawyer and co-author of 'The Kilgour / Matas Report'

Princeton University China Studies Association To Host Forum:
Organ Harvesting and Human Rights Violation in China

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Friend Center Auditorium, Room. 101 (Olden & William Sts.), Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ 08544

"Based on what we now know, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We believe that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.”
--The Kilgour / Matas Report

On July 6, 2006, international human rights attorney David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour released their investigative report titled, "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China." The report cites 18 types of evidence regarding these allegations and concludes that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been committing nationwide, state-controlled, live organ harvesting atrocities targeting Falun Gong practitioners. Since then, thousands in the international press have reported the crime as a “silent genocide” and have urged an unhindered investigation in China.

On January 31, 2007, Messrs. Matas and Kilgour released an updated version of their report which further confirmed the allegations. The report describes a “failure of foreign laws and ethics to provide an effective barrier to transplant tourism to China” while “the market for organs in China is determined by supply and demand. The supply is local, but the demand is, in large part, foreign.”

How should we come to terms with such a genocide, and what can the US and concerned citizens do about it? How has the Chinese legal system failed to prevent the victimization of its own citizens? What do such crimes reveal about the state of medicine in China today? Princeton University China Studies is pleased to host Mr. Matas to discuss these issues. Two other special guests, Dr. Jingduan Yang and Dr. Charles Li, will present evidence of abuse targeting Falun Gong practitioners. We welcome all students, faculty, staff and local residents to join in the discussion of laws, ethics and human rights in China.

David Matas is a human rights, immigration and refugee lawyer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr. Matas served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice Supreme Court of Canada in 1968-69, and previously served as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. He was coordinator of the Canadian section of Amnesty International’s Legal Network from 1980 to 2001. Graduated in 1965, Mr. Matas is also a Princeton University alumnus.

Jingduan Yang, M.D. Dr. Yang practices integrative psychiatry and general health care based on a bio-social-psycho-spiritual model of medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He has been invited to speak on Falun Gong, alternative and complementary medicine by Harvard University, Leigh University, Baylor College of Medicine, and many other academic institutions.

Dr. Charles Li, A U.S. citizen and Harvard-educated medical doctor, returned to China in an attempt to publicize the persecution of Falun Gong to the Chinese people. He was imprisoned in a labor camp for 3 years and repatriated in 2006. Charles is now discussing his first-hand experiences, including mental and physical torture, brainwashing, force-feeding, and slave labor, producing products for export to the US.

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