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Organ Harvesting in China

A forum to raise awareness of Organ Harvesting in China Location: John Dutton Theatre, the Central Library, Calgary, AB When: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:00pm-4:00pm Contact: Jenny Yang Email: jenny.yang@gmail WebSite: The forum, presented by the Falun Dafa Association of Calgary, will feature keynote speaker David Matas—an international human rights lawyer, member of the Order of Canada and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. David Matas and David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, are known internationally for their outstanding and original work investigating the organ-harvesting allegations. Kilgour and Matas concluded in their first report in 2006, that tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience in China, who practice the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, had their organs taken from their bodies while still alive. Organs could then be sold on the black market, or to high-paying organ tourists, while the state profited from the crimes.  Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese meditation practice founded on the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance." It was introduced to the public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi and at first was encouraged by the Chinese authorities for its health benefits and positive moral impact in Chinese society. In 1998, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) became paranoid, however, when it found out that some 70 to 100 million Chinese people had taken up this spiritual practice, outnumbering the membership of the CCP itself. In July 1999, the former CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the persecution against this spiritual group, starting with demonizing propaganda and massive arrests, and soon made Falun Gong practitioners the No. 1 victims of repression in China. Falun Gong practitioners make up two-thirds of the total torture victims in China, according to the United Nations rapporteur on torture, and half of those are in slave labour camps, according to U.S. Department of State reports. For more information about the organ transplant abuse in China, please visit the following links: Brief introduction about the organ transplant abuse in China . Event Details. Location: the Central Library,