Sunday, August 27, 2006

Melbourne Australia based democracy activist Mr. Zhang Hetse explains why Falun Gong's assertion that increase in trasnplant procedures prove increase in organ harvesting, is questionable:

1) Kilgour report has the problem of "cherry picking" numbers from Chinese sources to make their case. When a number is advantageous to their case, they accept it without reservation.

2) Linking increase in transplant procedures to increase in available organs ignores the reality in China. 10 years ago there're very few Chinese hospitals hase the medial know-how to perform one or type of organ transplant.

The increase in number of transplant procecures can be explained with medical advancement in more hospitals, allowing use of more types of organs that has been available but can not be transplanted previousely due to lack of technical expertise, equipment, facilities, etc..

[And finally, what Falun Gong can not explain away is, Wu and Zhang have been long time Chinese dissident, and they have no reason to cooperate with Beijing.]

Friday, August 25, 2006

Mounting contrarian facts against Falun Gong's allegation is gainging media notice. I am glad to say among others, "Sujiatun Fact Or Hoax" has made it on "Top Scoops" in NZ's Scoop Independent News:

Monday, August 21, 2006

More on Chinese dissident Harry Wu's analysis of Falun Gong's allegation:

[Analysis & Opinion]
Without concrete and substantiated evidence, such reports are not credible. Also, the description of "underground concentration camp" is in conflict with what Peter and Annie said. I spent 19 years as a political prisoner in China's forced labor camps and have experienced many transfers. No transfer occurred like the one described.

III. Conclusion

1) No concrete or substantiated evidence, such as documents or photos, have been provided to support the witness' statements.

2) Both Annie and Peter, who are now in the US, refuse to reveal their real names despite that fact that they no longer reside in China. This makes it difficult for the international community to corroborate their testimonies and makes their statements less strong. Since they claim to have knowledge about thousands of people whose lives may be in danger it is essential that they be more open about who they are and what they know.

3) The claim that Falun Gong practitioners' live organs are being harvested is diverting attention from real, substantiated facts. China has been harvesting organs from executed prisoners for more than 20 years and this has been proven. This is an issue that the Falun Gong never mentions, and its allegations about live harvesting or reverse-organ donations remain unconfirmed.

4) The Chinese Communist Government is an evil regime that commits many atrocities including the persecution of the Falun Gong. However, the logic does follow that because the government has outlawed the spiritual group it has created Sujiatun and other concentration camps to kill and harvest the organs of live Falun Gong practitioners. Without proof this is not logical reasoning.

5) Those who doubt the existence of Sujiatun, including myself, should not be criticized as ¡°obstacles to the investigation¡± or be accused of "cooperating with Beijing".

6) Today, there is not much national or international attention to the Sujiatun issue. This does not imply that the international community does not value human rights. Nor does it mean that the world has been pressured by Beijing to remain silent, or that is has taken the side of the Communist regime. When I received Falun Gong's report, I personally arranged for Sujiatun to be investigated right away, include the hospital, Kangjiasan Prison and Jiutai Laojiao Camp. Officers and staff from the US embassy in Beijing and the US Consulate in Shenyang visited the Sujiatun site two times. Overseas media also sent reporters to investigate the case. These actions show that people treated the Sujiatun issue very seriously. However, the Falun Gong claims that "Sujiatun Auschwitz" exists have yet to substantiate and appear to be nothing more than political propaganda.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Couple details on US government's investigation debunking Falun Gong's Sujiatun allegation:

- Congressional Executive Committee on China brief commented on the reliability of the Kilgour report, and Falun Gong's accusation:

"Emma Ashburn, a research associate at the Congressional-Executive Committee on China (CECC), said that the Matas-Kilgour report really “offered nothing new” in terms of evidence on the matter of organ harvesting. The evidence they did collect, namely the phone calls and testimonies, were dubious in their objectivity.

Specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, Thomas Lum, noted that the evidence could have easily been distorted. The individuals calling the hospitals were all affiliated with FLG, and Lum said that it is unlikely for doctors and officials working for the state to casually divulge such sensitive and damaging information so easily. Moreover, Lum’s efforts to contact both the Chinese journalist and doctor’s wife have been fruitless, as FLG members direct all communications toward these individuals and they often do not respond."

- Congression Research Service paper on State Department's investigation:

American officials from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. consulate in Shenyang visited the area as well as the hospital site on two occasions — the first time unannounced and the second with the cooperation of PRC officials — and after investigating the facility “found no evidence that the site is being used for any function other than as a normal public hospital.”

Thursday, August 03, 2006

So who's paying for all this propaganda from Epoch Times?

IMHO the financial connection between Falun Gong and Epoch Times is not a secret. Here's the money trail found in non-profit declarations (Form 990, Page 2, Part III c):

Southern USA Falun Dafa Association. $10,350 were given to Epoch Times in 2002, $22,700 in 2003, $14,750 in 2004:

Falun Dafa Association of New England. $57,609 were spent on computer and print media, $97,755 in 2003, $116,823 in 2004:

(These are but two examples of FLG non-profits in US.)