At an election campaign event last week (Oct. 11), John Bolton, the Foreign Policy Advisor to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, spoke out against state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.
[John Bolton, Foreign Policy Advisor to Mitt Romney]:
“This is the government…that we need to take on these issues. I think it’s important for the United States to do that. And frankly I think it would get us more respect from the government in Beijing if we stood up for our principles instead of apologizing for them.”
From 1999 to 2001 Bolton served as Commissioner to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UN from 2005 to 2006.
Senior investigative journalist Ken Timmerman also spoke about the persecution of prisoners of conscience in China. Timmerman is the author of “Selling Out America.” The book deals with the threat of high-tech goods from China being used to infiltrate US intelligence and businesses.
[Ken Timmerman, Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress]:
“…Important things that America has done historically and must continue to do that we have not done in the past four years is to hold high that flag of freedom, and let people know around the world that we do stand for religious freedom. It means something to us, it’s one of our core values, and we will put our reputation and our power on the line to defend it.”
On October 4th, 106 members of the US Congress issued a letter asking the State Department to reveal information it has on allegations that Chinese authorities are forcibly taking organs from prisoners of conscience. Possible victims identified include house Christians, Uighurs and adherents of the Falun Gong spiritual practice.