timeline

Feb 28, 2017
Freedom House released a report on China’s religious freedom. The report includes a 22-page chapter on Falun Gong. The section “The money trail: Expenditures, exploitation, and organ harvesting” corroborates the large scale of killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs since the early 2000s.

Feb 9, 2017

After a study from China was published last year in Liver International, the official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver, medical processionals questioned the source of the 564 liver transplantations performed consecutively at Zhejiang University. After the author failed to provide evidence that these organs were from voluntary donors, the journal made the decision to retract the paper. (Also report on ScienceMag)

Novemeber, 2016

Italy passed a law (No.2937) that bans organ trafficking.

August 18-23, 2016

Chinese state news media and pro-Beijing newspapers in Hong Kong said on Friday (August 19) that 26th International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Hong Kong demonstrated that China’s transplant system, which for decades used organs from executed prisoners, had global backing. That assertion was disputed on Friday afternoon by the president of the Transplantation Society, a nongovernmental organization based in Montreal that had organized the meeting. New York Times published a series of reports: Debate Flares on China’s Use of Prisoners’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong, Chinese Claim That World Accepts Its Organ Transplant System Is Rebutted , Choice of Hong Kong for Organ Transplant Meeting Is Defended

July 27, 2016

The European Parliament passed a new declaration that condemns organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China and calls on the continent’s political elite to do something about it.

Jun 29, 2016

David kilgour speaks at european parliament on new update on ‘˜bloody harvest’ and ‘˜the slaughter’.

Jun 23, 2016

US Congress Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Organ Harvesting: An Examination of a Brutal Practice.

Jun 22, 2016

Former Canadian cabinet minister David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann published an update to their books Bloody Harvest and The Slaughter. The new findings show continued expansion of transplantations in China after organ harvesting first came to light in 2006, driving factors behind the industry’s growth, the role of Party and government agencies and individual officials in implementing and perpetuating the systematic killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs.

Jun  13, 2016

US House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Legislation Condemning Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong in China.  H.Res.343, an item of legislation that expresses concern by the House of Representatives on “persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China” was passed unanimously on the evening of June 13, with impassioned speeches on the floor by members of Congress.

Nov 5, 2015

London – A  documentary  (‘Human Harvest’)  about the killing of tens of thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience for their organs has won the 2015 Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) award for best international investigative documentary. It follows the film’s receipt of a  prestigious Peabody award  earlier this year.

Jun 25, 2015

Congress has introduced a resolution H.Res.343 that would condemn the Chinese Communist Party for harvesting the organs of prisoners of conscience.

April 14, 2015

Organ harvest documentary “Human Harvest” wins prestigious Peabody prize.

March 16, 2015

Huang Jiefu, the transplant chief and a former vice minister of health admitted China’s Former Security Chief Yongkang Zhou implicated in Organ Harvesting when Huang was giving an expansive interview with the Hong Kong-based, Beijing-friendly broadcaster Phoenix Television.

March 4, 2015

On March 4, 2015, the Italian Senate unanimously passed a bill that punishes any person who illegally sell organs from living people with severe sanctions and stiff prison terms. (Bill text in Italian)

Feb 3, 2015

On February 3, 2015, the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights in Canadian Parliament unanimously passed an all-party motion condemning and calling for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China prisoners of conscience (including but not limited to practitioners of Falun Dafa and Uighurs).

July 30, 2014

With unanimous support, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs recently endorsed a house resolution condemning systematic, state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China.

July 9, 2014

Council of Europe Adopted Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs.

March 6, 2014

Italian Senate Passes Resolution on Organ Harvesting in China (text in Italian).

December 12, 2013

European Parliament adopts a resolution  against organ harvesting.

December 11, 2013

U.S. Congress Asia & Pacific Subcommittee under Foreign Relations Full Committee approves H.Res.281, calling for ending the unethical organ harvesting in China, with 167 congressional sponsors.

December 10, 2013

DAFOH delivers a Petition to UN High Commission in Geneva on the Human Rights Day 2013.

November 2012

Chinese Embassy pressures 9 Israel government officials for signing a petition penned by Doctors Against Organ Harvesting to the United Nations.

October 2012

Bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter in U.S. Congress addresses concerns about Organ Harvesting in China and is co-signed by 106 congressmen.

October 2012

This Taiwanese parliament passes a resolution condemning Forced Organ Harvesting in China.

October 2012

The CECC (Congressional Executive Commission on China) includes in its 2012 Annual Report the topic of Forced Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

September 18, 2012

Congressman Chris Smith pens a condemnation of Organ Harvesting in China, in the Washington Times.

September 12, 2012

Hearing in House Foreign Affairs Committee Organ Harvesting of Religious and Political Dissidents by the Chinese Communist Party (Video testimonials)(Complete videos).

August 13, 2012

Chinese Doctor admits to Falun Gong Organ Harvesting.

July 2012

The U.S foreign policy Journal, World Affairs, publishes an article by Ethan Gutman exposing organ harvesting in China.

August 2012

Peter Worthington, Co-founder of the Toronto Sun, pens article, China’s Grim Human Harvest.

July 2012

The book State Organs is published, where 12 different professionals write on the topic of live organ harvesting.

May 24, 2012

Department of State releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 which  cited allegations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong believers.

April 2012

The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation Editorial: A call for a policy change regarding
publications based on transplantation of organs.

December 5, 2011

Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann reveals ground zero, where and how live organ harvesting began in China.

2008 – 2010

Supreme Court in Israel, the nations of France, Germany, Russia, Venezuela, and various US cities and states ban The Bodies Exhibit.

July 2009

Hawaii becomes the first state to ban The Bodies Exhibit, founded in the Chinese city of Dalian whose
hospitals boast short wait times for organs and is home to some of China’s most populated camps.

November 2008

Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann pens article China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest for the Weekly Standard.

May 2008

The Transplantation Society and ISN pass the The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, outlawing the illegal sale or procurement of human organs.

April 2008

The traveling of Israeli patients to China stops completely after the Israeli Knesset passes the Organ Transplant law.

February 28, 2008

Dr. Noel, the Special Rapporteur on Torture   to the United Nations reports on Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong in China.

April 2007

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation issues statement condemning the sale of organs from live or deceased donors.

January 2007

Bloody Harvest‘ is published by David Kilgour and David Matas, the Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.

July 2006

David Kilgour, former Sec.State for Asia Pacific to the Government of Canada, David Matas, Human Rights
Lawyer and Ethan Gutmann begin to investigate.

May 2006

World Medical Associations Condemns organ harvesting in WMA Council Resolution on Organ Donation in China.

March 2006

Two Sources Testify Publicly about the CCP’s Atrocities of Harvesting Organs from Living Falun Gong Practitioners.