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Published on Aug 18, 2008
An international transplant conference this week in Australia will hear startling findings from David Matas, the co-author of the "Bloody Harvest" report. His speech will be an update to the widely publicized investigation into organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China. NTD's Sheridan Harvey has more. Traveling all around the country on a mission to expose and help stop human rights violations in China, David Matas has met with people from all walks of society.
In Sydney the group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting are holding forums. They say David's visit coincinding with an International Transplant Congress is a good opportunity for transplants surgeons from around the world to hear about his evidence.
[Winston Hewitt, U.S. Transplant Surgeon]: "The fact that these organs may be solely procured for money at least hospital driven, that the hospital has driven it solely for money - is abhorrent. It's a crime."
After listening to a forum, an Olympic swimmer who competed at the 2004 Games is touched by David's work.
[Michelle Engelsman, Former Olympic Swimmer]: "I'm incredibly inspired by what he's doing; I'm understanding that is paying for this trip out of his own pocket, and that he's received death threats, that he's still going about it out because of his conscience and wanting to share this information is truly inspiring and just a fantastic role model to all of us."
Matas says he and co-author David Kilgour are determined to spread their message.
[David Matas, Human Rights Lawyer]: "We're doing this out of a sense of commitment. I mean once we wrote the report and came to the conclusion that these human rights violations were occurring, we're both human rights activists and felt that we really had to do something to end the abuse. And the reality is nobody much else is doing that, so it really fell to us to work on this"