|Monitor China - Researchers Unravel Horrors in China
"Mar 9, 2011.The story was hard to stomach?gruesome, at the very least. What started as a rumor, however, would later unfold into a campaign of brutality and horror perpetrated by the Chinese regime.
International human rights lawyer David Matas was in his office when the story broke in March 2006. It flowed into his e-mail box along with the flood of human rights updates he reads daily.
It told the story of a woman under the pseudonym ?Annie,? whose husband suffered nightmares, as he suffered for the terror he had inflicted on more than 2,000 people.
Annie said her husband, a surgeon, was employed by the Chinese regime to remove the corneas from living Falun Gong practitioners, slicing their eyes open with his scalpel while they were still alive. The rest of their organs were also stripped from their bodies, all to feed a market of illicit organ trade.
When he told his wife, Annie, what he was doing, she left him and escaped to the United States to reveal the ongoing crime."
"Gutmann would interview more than 100 Falun Gong practitioners, including 50 refugees from the CCP?s prisons and labor camps, while researching the regime?s persecution against the peaceful meditation group.
During a phone interview from the United Kingdom, Gutmann said, ?there was a distinct moment,? when he realized the claims were true. He was interviewing an older woman who described tests done on Falun Gong practitioners in prisons and labor camps that included expensive blood tests and examinations for organ health.
?They were given this exam and there was clearly no justification for the exam. It wasn?t areal medical exam, it was only examining organs,? Gutmann said.
He would hear the same tests described again and again. To make sure they weren?t just telling him what he wanted to hear, he only casually inquired about the tests. ?It was clear they weren?t briefing each other and it was clear they didn?t realize the significance,? he said.
In order to cover the costs of the examinations, Gutmann estimated the CCP would need to take the organs of one in every 40 people they examined just to break even. If they wanted profit, they would need to kill one in every 5 or 10.
Based on his findings, he believes the CCP may have killed 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners for their organs. He said the estimation comes close to that found by Matas and Kilgour. ?It?s surprising because we?re working with completely different methods. I?m not using Chinese government numbers,? Gutmann said.
He outlined his findings in a November 2008 article, ?China?s Gruesome Organ Harvest,? published in the Weekly Standard magazine, as well as in an article published on his East of Ethan blog, ?How many harvested??
Through further research, however, he uncovered the CCP?s practice of killing religious believers for their organs was more widespread than had previously been believed."