By Minghui correspondent Hua Qing
Dr. Lucy Zhao, president of the Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Association in Australia, welcomed the broadcast of the documentary “Human Harvest: China’s Organ Trafficking,” and thanked the Australian public for their continued attention and concern.
“Falun Gong practitioners live by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and strive to be good people,” Dr. Zhao said. “The Chinese regime arrests, detains, and tortures them, trying to force them to abandon their belief. It even harvests their organs for profit. This has been going on in China for over a decade.”
Dr. Zhao urged the Australian government, media, and general public to offer further support.
Ms. Sonya Bryskine, a representative from Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) in Australia, confirmed that their research identified Falun Gong practitioners as the primary targets of the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting atrocity.
“The recently announced reform by the Chinese government, we believe that it’s sugarcoating the issue. The announced reform merely integrates the use of prisoners’ organs into a database. And that means that it would be impossible to trace where the organs are coming from,” Ms. Bryskine warned, adding that DAFOH is committed to following new developments closely and publicizing the results.
Stephen Sim, a seasoned radio presenter with FM 99.3, called for everyone to pass on the information via social media and personal channels to help end the organ harvesting crimes in China. He said that he would do the same, making sure to raise the issue with every Chinese he comes across.
Nathan Kennedy, president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), pledged his organization’s support to end this crime against humanity. He wrote in a letter, “ALHR is proud to support the event today. A doctor’s first duty is to do no harm and a state has a duty to protect the human rights of its people. In the case of organ harvesting in China there has been a spectacular dereliction of those duties.”
Mr. Kennedy continued, “In international law it is peer pressure from other states that ensures compliance. China is a powerful nation. ALHR congratulates DAFOH for bringing this practice to the public’s knowledge and continuing to build that pressure for change.”
China Human Rights activist Bob Vinnicombe urged the Australian government and media to step up their support and stop making excuses for not taking action on such an important issue.
Following the documentary airing on April 7, many Australian media agencies published follow-up stories the next day. Australians have expressed their concern and support at public events in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney over the past two weeks.