Global and diverse perspectives: nineteen leading scholars of different nationalities, areas of expertise, and cultural backgrounds merge their individual approaches to unravel the tactics and tricks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unveiling the mechanisms of a state-organized persecution.
Objectivity in the analysis and in-depth discussions: Academically trained professionals, experienced in peer review procedures, infusing their decade long experience in a courageous and uncompromised manner.
First-hand information and real life experiences: The co-authors’ essays reflect their own observations, research, investigation, and litigations.
A search for the root cause of forced organ harvesting crimes turned out to unveil the tip of an iceberg: the CCP’s class fight against anyone who thinks and believes differently.
A book aiming to contribute in the prevention of genocide: nineteen essays delivering a profundity of insights about elements leading to persecution, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Torsten Trey, MD, PhD, founder and executive director of the medical ethics advocacy group, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH, is among those who lead the global movement against forced organ harvesting in China. Considered a leading expert in the field, Dr. Trey has co-authored books and published widely in medical journals on this topic. An international speaker, Dr. Trey was recently featured in the award-winning documentary, Human Harvest. He is co-editor of the book, State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China.
Theresa Chu is an international human rights lawyer. Since the onset of the persecution against Falun Gong in 1999, she has defended victims on a pro bono basis, and is actively involved in litigation to bring suit against former Chinese Party, Chief Jiang Zemin, and other CCP officials involved in organ harvesting crimes. An influential leader, Attorney Chu supported changes to human rights laws in Taiwan as adviser to the Taiwanese government. She is an expert lecturer, speaking before international government officials, human rights organizations and members of parliament about human rights concerns and the collective lawsuits from countries all over the world by Falun Gong victims.
Since publication in 2012, the book State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China, has been translated and published internationally, receiving positive feedback from medical and legal professionals, experts in various fields of business, and politicians. The book was co-edited by David Matas, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Canadian human rights lawyer, and Dr. Trey, Executive Director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH). Many people, while initially incredulous over these startling reports, are now facing the reality of China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting of living prisoners of conscience. Forums and hearings intended to expose and end the government’s crimes have been held in many places, including the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament. Chinese citizens behind the iron curtain have risked their lives to sign a petition calling for action to stop these crimes. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to practice live organ harvesting.
An echo after the publication of State Organs revealed another aspect. It became obvious that the root beneath the forced organ harvesting as a profitable transplant market was a genocide the Chinese government committed against its own citizens—Falun Gong practitioners. In China they are reported to be the largest victim group used for sourcing of organs and to be the primary target of illegal forced organ harvesting precisely for the reason that they are highly vulnerable, persecuted, marginalized and ostracized. Discussions on an international level have made it clear: as long as the Falun Gong are the target of widespread persecution they will remain the primary source, and the crimes of live organ harvesting will continue.
Seeing a need to look into the root cause in order to stop the forced organ harvesting, Dr. Trey invited human rights activist and attorney, Ms. Chu, Esq., to join him in co-editing a new book that exposes and discusses the persecution of the Falun Gong in China and how it has played a vital role in the CCP’s organ harvesting crimes. Together they solicited analysis from renowned scholars, politicians, lawyers, physicians, artists and human rights activists who are long-time observers of China and the CCP’s crimes against humanity. The massive campaign to vilify and annihilate the peaceful, popular Falun Gong and the coinciding skyrocketing success of China’s transplant business was initiated under former Chinese Party Chief Jiang Zemin in July 1999.The book describes the global scope and impact from political, sociological, economical, medical, legal, journalistic, and cultural perspectives.
The objective analysis by 19 co-authors from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia offers the reader an opportunity to learn that the genocide of Falun Gong is not merely a campaign against 100 million practitioners who seek to cultivate themselves. This persecution has severely damaged the conscience and goodwill of human beings all over the world, and by trying to implicate every one of us in this unprecedented evil, has expanded into a threat against the very goodness inherent in humankind. If left unchecked, the extent of its impact is beyond our imagination.
The title, An Unprecedented Evil Persecution, is an apt description of these atrocious crimes against humanity. The book is a solemn call to awaken our conscience. We must all do what we can to preserve the best of our humanity and end this human rights catastrophe that is unprecedented in its scale.
Governments worldwide are now extremely concerned about a decade of persecution
Bridging to the 21st century from the violent suppression of China’s pro-democracy movement of 1989, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has repeated history and launched a genocide against citizens for their faith. The scale is unprecedented and the victims number over 100 million. The brutal murders and the extent of multiple forms of torture and cruelty has shocked China and those abroad. The United Nations Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and other international human rights organizations have researched and documented the persecution of the Falun Gong, and other religious and political groups, since 1999. Each year the European Parliament and the American government raise a stern critique of the CCP’s brutal violation of the international Declaration of Human Rights.
With a collection of testimonies by 19 experts from around the world in the fields of medicine, law, the social sciences, politics, economics, media, art and culture, An Unprecedented Evil Persecution is a unique assessment and analysis of the ongoing tyranny against the Falun Gong in China.
Throughout history, there has not been a single authoritarian regime, which has not crumbled in the end. International political support has highlighted the cracks in China’s system of brutal repression. Continued and enhanced support for those harassed, imprisoned and tortured by the regime will help them in their struggle for the basic rights and freedoms many take for granted.We must not waver now.
– Edward McMillan-Scott, former VP, European Parliament
Though this is a difficult story to tell, for all the reasons listed, it is a story which must be told. Only by doing that can we hope to overcome the inattention from which this violation suffers.
– David Matas, Canadian human rights lawyer, Order of Canada, Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Journalists who choose to lie have not only betrayed their professional conscience, but also become the persecutor’s accomplices. When there is no truth and freedom, one cannot judge with conscience. Therefore, by controlling and suppressing news, China’s authoritarian regime is not simply victimizing the targeted group, but all people.
– Chang Chin-Hwa, Ph. D., Senior Professor, National Taiwan University
These are the most serious crimes against humanity. Our silence and indifference to these crimes allows the perpetrators to continue without reservation. Are we not giving permission to these crimes? Are we not transmitting a message that these heinous crimes have no consequence? Are we not promoting new perpetrators of genocide and torture to emerge as these crimes go unpunished?
– Carlos Iglesias Jimenez, Spanish human rights lawyer successfully prosecuted Jiang Zemin with crimes of genocide and torture
Ever since the CCP came into power, it has strictly maintained an essential principle: it must never allow the parallel existence of other organizations. The CCP considers the top-down vertical rule as the fundamental necessity for its survival.
– Michel Wu, Former Director of the Radio France Internationale
Faced with political persecution like tsunamis and earthquakes in scale and ferocity, against shameless slander, arrests, torture, and murder, Falun Gong practitioners upheld their belief with iron resilience and steadfastness. Their peaceful resistance against this reign of terror is testament that faith can overcome tyranny. In their continuous efforts to expose the evils of CCP’s regime to the world, they are sowing the seeds of freedom of belief.
– Yuan Hong Bing, Chinese dissident and philosopher
There was such a continuous toxic stream of propaganda against Falun Gong in party-state-controlled media across China after 1999 that many Chinese nationals and persons outside the country naively accepted party-state lies on this and other matters.
– David Kilgour, J.D., former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Prudence is the virtue of attaining morally laudable ends by morally consonant means. There is no prudent path to an immoral end nor prudent complicity in immoral means. Both China’s medical establishment and population are addicted to sourcing organs from prisoners, including prisoners of conscience.
– Kirk C. Allison, Ph.D., Director, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Michel Wu, was a reporter for China’s state-run Xinhua International News Department and is the former director of the Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Mandarin language service.
Canadian Human Rights Lawyer
Clive Ansley, BA, MA, LL.B, and LL.M, graduated from the University of British Columbia, University of Windsor and the University of London and is a Canadian human rights lawyer who practiced law in Mainland China for 14 years. He speaks and reads in Chinese and has managed over 300 litigation cases in Chinese courts. As a former professor of Chinese History, Civilization, and Law he provides international expert analysis on China’s law.
Chang Chin-Hwa, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Iowa, currently Senior Professor of Graduate Institute of Journalism, National Taiwan University. She is an award winning teacher and a current board member of the Chinese Communication Society (CCS).
Human Rights Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
David Kilgour, J.D., former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, senior member of the Canadian parliament and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work related to the investigation of forced organ harvesting crimes against Falun Gong practitioners in China. He was a Crowne Prosecutor and longtime expert commentator of the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong and human rights issues in Africa. He co-authored Bloody Harvest: Killed For Their Organs and La Mission au Rwanda.
Novelist and Philosopher
Yuan Hongbing, one of the most internationally renowned Chinese dissidents, is a novelist and philosopher in exile, famous for his poetry and political activism. He is a law graduate of Beijing University and became the head of the School of Criminal Procedural law at Beijing University. Yuan served as China interim government congressman and is the founder and first committee member of The Chinese Cultural Freedom Movement and first chair of China Federal Revolution Party.
Columnist and Commentator
Zhang Tianliang (Shujia Gong), Ph.D., former adjunct professor of George Mason University, is Dean of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the New York based Feitian Academy of the Arts. He is a popular columnist at the Epoch Times and senior commentator at New Tang Dynasty Television and guest commentator at Voice of America. He is the author of China’s Path to Peaceful Transition.
Former VP, European Union and Human Rights Lawyer
Edward McMillan-Scott, former vice president and senior member of the European Parliament, is the founder of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), and received the Medal of Honour by the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC) for Human Rights and Democratization. He is a long-time observer of China’s human rights situation with a particular interest on Falun Gong and Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng.
Xia Yiyang (Heng He), is an expert on Chinese politics, economy, sociology, and history and has extensive research publications on these topics. He also specializes in pathophysiology and immunology in China and the United States, and is a high profile presenter at international conferences.
Katrina Lantos Swett
Former Chair of UNSCIF and Human Rights Activist
Katrina Lantos Swett, J.D., is the former Chair and now committee member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). In 2008, she established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and serves as its President and CEO. She teaches human rights and American foreign policy at Tufts University.
Human Rights Lawyer
Teng Biao, human rights lawyer and former professor at China University of Political Science and Law, is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. He is the founder of the New Citizens Movement and Director of China Against Death Penalty in Beijing. A long time China rights activist Teng participated in the cases of Sun Zhigang, Hu Jia, Chen Guangcheng, Gao Zhisheng, Cao Shunli, and Falun Gong cases.
Professor of Economics
Wu Huilin, Ph.D., a former National Taiwan University Economics professor, is a visiting scholar at Chicago University Economics Department, researcher at Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, professor at Shih Hsin University and professor at the Graduate Institute of Technological & Vocational Education at National Taipei University of Technology. He authored “The Surface and Truth of China’s Economic Reform,” and published over 100 scholarly articles and current affairs commentaries.
Executive Director of DAFOH, Doctor, and Author
Torsten Trey, M.D., Ph.D., is the founder, Executive Director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a Nobel Peace Prize nominated NGO based in the United States. Dr. Trey and David Matas jointly edited “State Organs—Transplant Abuse in China.” He is a notable researcher, an international expert with extensive publications on unethical organ procurement and transplant abuse in China.
Kirk C. Allison
Director on Public Health and Human Right Activist
Kirk C. Allison, Ph.D., director of the Program in Human Rights and Health of the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Allison has provided testimony to the Congressional House Committee on Foreign Relations concerning organ harvesting in China.
Human Rights Activist
Huang Shiwei, M.D., attending physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, Vice Chairman and Spokesperson of Taiwan International Care Association for Organ Transplants, has interviewed many patients, middlemen, and transplant surgeons in Taiwan. A longtime observer of China’s source of transplant organs, Dr. Huang is dedicated to ending illegal organ procurement practices in China.
Noble Peace Prize Nominee and Canadian Human Rights Lawyer
David Matas, awarded Canadian human rights lawyer and appointed member of the Order of Canada, serves on the board of directors of The International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development of Canada. In 2010 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work related to the investigation of forced organ harvesting crimes against Falun Gong practitioners in China. Matas co-authored Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs and co-edited State Organs—Transplant Abuse in China.
Int’l Human Rights Lawyer
Theresa Chu (Wanqi Chu), lawyer and Taiwan Falun Gong Human Rights Lawyer Group spokesperson, is a legal consultant for DAFOH in Asia. Ms. Chu has assisted Falun Gong practitioners in the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, and other high-ranking CCP officials. She also has represented Falun Gong in the lawsuits of ten CCP officials for the crime of genocide and is the co-author of The Chinese Book of Living and Dying.
Carlos Iglesias Jimenez
Int’l Human Rights Lawyer
Carlos Iglesias Jimenez, Spanish human rights lawyer representing Falun Gong practitioners in lawsuits, successfully prosecuted Jiang Zemin and four other high-ranking CCP officials with crimes of genocide and torture. He is the Europe Director of the Human Rights Law Foundation. He spoke at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva informing its members about the persecution of Falun Gong.
Director of Shen Yun and Artist
Vina Lee, is based in New York and Company Director of Shen Yun Performing Arts and President of the Feitian Academy of the Arts. Born in China before the Cultural Revolution, she studied dance and was the first generation graduate from Beijing Dance Academy. She was a principal artist with Guangdong Dance Theatre and relocated to Australia.
Human Rights Activist and Journalist
Yang Senhong, senior Taiwanese journalist, human rights activist and program host at Radio Taiwan International, founded and operated by the Taiwanese government, is founder of the NGO Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR). He was editor-in-chief at Taiwan News and director of Taiwan News Financial Weekly.