International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China
The International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China (EOP) is a coalition of lawyers, academics, ethicists, medical professionals, researchers and human rights advocates dedicated to ending forced organ harvesting in China. The EOP is primarily made up of David Matas, David Kilgour, and Ethan Guttmann all who have all been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their groundbreaking work exposing mass organ harvesting of Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience in China.
Recent Reports and Statements
Bloody Harvest, A Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China by Hon. David Kilgour and David Matas, Esq., 2006
An Update to Bloody Harvest and The Slaughter by David Matas, David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann, 2016
The two books Bloody Harvest written by David Kilgour and David Matas and The Slaughter by Ethan Guttman have been groundbreaking works that have exposed mass organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. In their most recent update, Gutmann explains how many of the numbers the researcher cited in their earlier works may have been low, and how new estimates put this crime against humanity at a much higher possible death toll.
The issue of China’s transplant practices first came to light through a whistleblower in March 2006. In response, David Kilgour and David Matas launched an independent investigation. Investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann later spent seven years doing his own research. He reached similar conclusions. In 2016, the three investigators joined forces, evaluating primary source research about the activities of hundreds of transplant hospitals around China. Drawing on media reports, official statements, medical journals, hospital websites, and web archives, their findings show that China’s transplant industry became among the most prolific in the world in just a few years, despite the lack of any organ donation system.
The dark secret of China’s transplant industry is that another source entirely has been used: non-consenting prisoners of conscience. Those targeted include prisoners of conscience as far back as the 1970s, then Uyghurs, a Turkic, Muslim people residing in the northwest region of Xinjiang during the 1990s, and over the years that follow, some anecdotal evidence indicates, Tibetans and House Christians in captivity were also used. But by far the largest group to be targeted for organ harvesting is Falun Gong. The serious, large-scale development of China’s transplantation system coincided with the Communist Party’s campaign to wipe out Falun Gong.