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New security camera footage has been published by Greek media protothema.gr showing the entire fight that led to the death of 22-year-old American tourist Bakari Henderson on July 7.

According to his family, Henderson was visiting Greece for a photo shoot in preparation for the launch of his clothing line.

The footage was obtained from a camera inside a cafe window, close to the bar where the altercation between Henderson and a group of largely Serbian men began.

Bars in the Laganas party district of Zakynthos have a reputation for violent alcohol-fueled brawls.

According to a 2011 Guardian report on the death of a British tourist, a number of tourists die each year in Zakynthos. Alcohol-related violence has always been a big problem for local police.

In the video footage, confirmed as genuine by the Greek authorities, Henderson is seen running away from a group of men. As the men catch up to him, one throws Henderson against a parked car. The group then proceeds to kick and pummel him to the ground. Bystanders attempt to intervene, and as the crowd clears, someone is seen attempting CPR on Henderson.

Greek authorities said that Henderson was sent to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. His death was caused by severe head injuries.

A total of nine men—one Greek bar employee, the bar’s bouncer who was a British citizen of Serb origin, and seven Serbian tourists—have been charged with intentional homicide, reported AP. If found guilty, the charges carry a maximum life sentence.

Suspects arrive at Zakynthos courthouse on July 8th after the death of American tourist on July 7th.

Suspects arrive at a Zakynthos courthouse on July 8 for their arraignment—their involvement in the death of an American tourist on the Greek island. (Reuters)

Serbian news reports said Serbian Ambassador Dusan Spasojevic and Serbian consuls visited the seven Serbian citizens in prison on July 11.

Five suspects attended their initial court hearing on Wednesday, July 12. All five pleaded not guilty. They have since been jailed pending trial.

A defense lawyer for one of the five said that although his client caused some bodily harm, there was no intent to kill. The attorney is hopeful that the video footage will be useful as court evidence to prove that his client was not the one to lay the fatal blow to Henderson’s head, reported the ABC.

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The four remaining suspects appeared in court on Thursday, July 13. The judge jailed another Serb man, pending trial, while two have been released on bail. Bail was set at $5,700 (5,000 euros), according to AP. The fourth suspect will testify on Friday, July 14.

No trial date has been set.

Greek authorities have also identified six more suspects from the security footage, said ABC.

It remains unclear what started the fight.

Henderson’s family told local media kxan.com that they are holding a private memorial service on Friday evening followed by the funeral on Saturday.

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The city of Vienna became the first European capital to echo a European Parliament resolution which censures the Chinese regime for its organ harvesting crimes recently.

The Vienna Provincial Parliament “condemns the systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from prisoners in the People’s Republic of China,” read the resolution, which was unanimously passed on April 7.

The Chinese regime had carried out organ harvesting “without consent and affects large numbers of Falun Gong adherents and members of politically persecuted, religious, and ethnic minorities,” the resolution continued.  

The resolution also called on the Austrian federal government to see that the “misuse of organ transplants in China is publicly discussed and condemned”; for an international commission be set up to investigate the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting activity; and for the international community to demand the immediate release of nonviolent political prisoners.  

The European Parliament issued a similar resolution on Dec. 11, 2013.

(L-R) A resolution condemning the Chinese regime for organ harvesting that was proposed by Vienna councilors Peter Florianschütz, Gudrun Kugler, and El-Nagashi Faika was unanimously passed by the Vienna Provincial Parliament on April 7, 2017. (Minghui.org)

(L-R) A resolution condemning the Chinese regime for organ harvesting that was proposed by Vienna councilors Peter Florianschütz, Gudrun Kugler, and El-Nagashi Faika was unanimously passed by the Vienna Provincial Parliament on April 7, 2017. (Minghui.org)

“The decisions of the European Parliament on organ donation and organic trade are largely unknown not only in the population but also in political circles,” Faika El-Nagashi, the human rights speaker for Vienna’s Green Party, told The Epoch Times. “That is why we said: Please act.”

El-Nagashi said that the resolution, which was introduced by the Green Party, the Austrian People’s Party, and the Social Democratic Party of Austria, had taken half a year to prepare, and was intentionally broadly worded so that all parties could get behind it.

She added that the Vienna resolution could inspire the Austrian federal government, which is about to hold fresh elections, to put condemning the Chinese regime’s organ crimes on its agenda.

“If you stick to it at the right time at the right time, you can take a step forward,” El-Nagashi said. “I believe we have done this in Vienna, we have made a significant step forward.”

Allegations that the Chinese Communist Party was harvesting organs from practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that has been the target of a brutal persecution campaign since 1999, first surfaced in 2006.

David Kilgour, a former Canadian member of parliament, and David Matas, a Canadian human rights lawyer, found the allegations to be accurate after conducting an independent inquiry. Their conclusion has been continually dismissed by the Chinese regime.

Kilgour and Matas published their findings in a 2006 report, “Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs.” In 2014, American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann published his own findings in the book “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”

Kilgour, Matas, and Gutmann issued an update to their respective works on organ harvesting in China in 2016. The latest report estimates that the Chinese regime had carried out between 60,000 to 100,000 organ transplantations annually between 2000 to 2015, and that organs harvested from prisoners of conscience—Falun Gong, Uyghurs, Tibetans, and house Christians—form the bulk of these transplantations.

Documentaries about organ harvesting have won numerous accolades and awards. Most notably, the 2014 film “Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade” picked up a Peabody, the most prestigious award for broadcast and electronic media.

Anastasia Lin, the reigning Miss World Canada, ran her beauty pageant campaign on the platform of human rights and exposing organ harvesting in China.

In recent years, the United State Congress, the European Parliament, the United Nations Committee Against Torture, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and other international bodies have condemned the Chinese regime for organ harvesting.

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The main facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (Alvesgaspar/Public Domain)The main facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (Alvesgaspar/Public Domain)

For months a prestigious conference on combating international organ trafficking and transplant tourism had been planned at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Experts in the field were in attendance, and Pope Francis, it appears, was scheduled to arrive and say a few words.

But after a storm of controversy erupted over the participation of a controversial Chinese transplant surgeon and his colleague, with dozens of unwelcome headlines in the international press, the Pope called off his appearance, according to a participant.

Pope Francis cancelled “apparently due to the controversy regarding the Chinese participation,” wrote Dr. Jacob Lavee, president of the Israel Transplantation Society and an attendee, in an email.

Professor Jacob Lavee, director of the Heart Transplantation Unit at Israel's largest medical center, Sheba Medical Center. (Alex Ma/ Epoch Times)

Professor Jacob Lavee, director of the Heart Transplantation Unit at Israel’s largest medical center, Sheba Medical Center. (Alex Ma/ Epoch Times)

There is no official announcement that the Pope called off the engagement, but Rome Reports, an independent television station that specializes in covering the Pope and the Vatican, indicates that he was originally scheduled to appear.

Human rights advocates and some prominent Catholics opposed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’s decision to invite Dr. Huang Jiefu, the Chinese regime’s official spokesman on organ transplantation, and wrote to conference organizers and the media.

On the day they spoke at the conference, on Feb. 7, Dr. Huang and his colleague Dr. Wang Haibo, gave what some participants found to be an unconvincing defense of organ transplant reform in China.

China had previously vowed to cease the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners beginning in January 2015, and this contention, among others, was found wanting.

“I am fully aware of the speculation about my participation in the summit,” Huang told the conference, citing “continuing concerns about the transplant activities” of the regime, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Dr. Huang Jiefu, Chairman of the Chinese National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, at the Vatican, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Dr. Huang Jiefu, Chairman of the Chinese National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, at the Vatican, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Before the Vatican summit, researchers of organ harvesting in China and human rights advocates had urged the summit organizers to bar Huang Jiefu due to his involvement in what researchers have described as the regime’s systematic harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience. They also requested that the Vatican invite engaged researchers to the summit for a balanced discussion.

Three principal researchers—former Canadian Member of Parliament David Kilgour, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, and American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann—say that the Chinese regime has been forcibly harvesting the organs of Uyghur, Tibetan, house Christian, and Falun Gong prisoners of conscience since the early 2000s. Most of the organs come from Falun Gong practitioners, a population targeted for harsh persecution, the researchers say.

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, waved off the protests against Huang Jiefu, saying that the Vatican summit was an “academic exercise and not a reprise of contentious political assertions,” in an email reply to Wendy Rogers, an Australian bioethicist. The organizers also prevented television coverage of the Chinese presentation.

“Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say,” Bishop Sorondo said. “But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” he told AP.

The summit, incidentally or not, comes as the Vatican is seeking to build better ties with Beijing.

During the presentations, Huang Jiefu and Wang Haibo defended themselves and the Chinese regime with evidence and explanations that some doctors present said they did not find convincing, rousing a tense exchange from participants at the summit.

Huang prepared only two slides, one showing an increase in both living and cadaver donors in recent years, and another showing the regime’s efforts to clamp down on illegal transplantation activity. Also, Wang argued that it was simply impossible for the regime to police all transplantation activity in the country, given that there are “1 million medical centers and 3 million licensed doctors operating in the country,” according to AP. They also proposed that the World Health Organization (WHO) start a global task force to combat illegal organ transplant activities.

Dr. Gabriel Danovitch from the UCLA Medical Center challenged the Chinese doctors to state plainly whether the regime was still used prisoner organs.

Dr. Jacob Lavee, president of Israel’s transplant society, called out the Chinese regime’s lack of accountability.

The Chinese transplantation system doesn’t allow “public scrutiny or independent verification,” while regulations permitting the use of organs from death row criminals remain on the books, Lavee said in a prepared statement. He added that the term “executed prisoners” is vague enough to mean actual criminals or prisoners of conscience—an important distinction in light of evidence that the regime was carrying out forced organ harvesting.

“As long as there is no honesty and accountability for what took place—the killing of innocents on demand—there can be no guarantee of actual ethical reform,” Lavee said, and called for an “appropriate international body with the power” to conduct surprise spot checks and interview donor families.

Wang Haibo argued that he and Huang Jiefu “spent the past 12 years battling critics inside China and out to reform the sector,” and that China shouldn’t be singled out for WHO inspections, according to the AP.

Lavee wrote in an email to Epoch Times that the exchange of views between the Chinese doctors and himself was heated, and that the audience was “divided between supporters of either side.”

American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann. (Courtesy Swoop Films)

American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann. (Courtesy Swoop Films)

“The Vatican was about to march into a rapprochement with Beijing—a march that would have ended with the Vatican’s complete moral abasement,” American investigative journalist and principal organ harvesting researcher Ethan Gutmann wrote in a note.

“Instead the Vatican has briefly stumbled—or perhaps been tripped up a little—by the press coverage given to brave politicians and medical experts from End Organ Pillaging and DAFOH,” he added, referring to Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a Washington, D.C.-based NGO.

Huang and Wang’s remarks at the Vatican also don’t stand up to close scrutiny, says Torsten Trey, the executive director of DAFOH.

“You cannot refute a charge of decade-long forced organ harvesting from hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience with two slides,” he said.

Torsten Trey at NPC

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting executive director Torsten Trey in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2008. (Yi Ping/The Epoch Times)

The defense of China’s system by doctor Wang Haibo, that officials cannot actually regulate all transplantation activity “turns out to actually justify international concerns: They cannot guarantee that the forced organ harvesting has ended.”

He emphasized the need for “a very thorough, independent international inspection.”

Trey described Dr. Danovitch and Dr. Lavee’s challenge to the Chinese doctors “commendable,” and one that “should be echoed by all medical professionals.”

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Dome of the Saint Peters Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome on September 22, 2011. (Peter Probst/Shutterstock)Dome of the Saint Peters Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome on September 22, 2011. (Peter Probst/Shutterstock)

Dr. Huang Jiefu, one of China’s leading liver transplant surgeons, was in the westernmost province of Xinjiang in 2005 to perform a complicated liver transplant. As backup for the procedure, he telephoned hospitals in Chongqing and Guangzhou for two extra, matching livers.

The livers were delivered within twenty-four hours, but never used, according to four reports in officially-connected Chinese media outlets. This stands in conflict with the standard view that organs come from executed prisoners, whose sentences must be carried out within seven days, according to Chinese law. Dr. Huang could have only obtained fresh organs if there was a captive, pre-blood typed population ready to be killed on demand, experts say. That prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners, are the source of these organs is the conclusion made most recently by the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as a number of researchers.

Yet Dr. Huang, the Chinese regime’s official spokesman on organ transplantation, will represent China at an upcoming international summit on organ trafficking and transplant tourism at the Vatican. He is expected to promote China’s medical reform—and, if asked, deny organ harvesting.

Researchers of forced organ harvesting in China, and human rights advocates, are opposed to Dr. Huang and Dr. Wang Haibo, another Chinese doctor, being the only speakers representing China at the Vatican. Some have asked the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the summit’s main organizer, to invite other organ harvesting researchers in the interest of fair dialogue.

(L–R) David Kilgour (L) with David Matas (C) and Ethan Gutmann (R), author of 'The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.' (Simon Gross/Epoch Times)

(L–R) David Kilgour (L) with David Matas (C) and Ethan Gutmann (R), authors of “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update.” (Simon Gross/Epoch Times)

The three researchers—former Canadian Member of Parliament David Kilgour, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, and American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, began looking into allegations of forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in the early 2000s. Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that was practiced by 70 to 100 million citizens in mainland China by 1999, according to official and Falun Gong estimates, when it was targeted for persecution by the Chinese regime.

After interviewing practitioners formerly interned in Chinese labor camps, reviewing Chinese hospital websites, and examining official government data, the researchers concluded that the Chinese regime was able to sustain a brisk organ transplantation industry for over a decade by harvesting the organs of Uyghur, Tibet, house Christian, and primarily Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. The bulk of the tens of thousands of organs harvested each year beginning in 2000 came from Falun Gong practitioners, the largest prisoner of conscience body in China today, the researchers concluded.

“It is extremely concerning when highly respected international institutions such as the Vatican provide a platform for perpetrating unverified claims about reform of organ donation in China,” said Wendy Rogers, a professor of clinical ethics at Macquarie University in Sydney, and chair of the International Advisory Committee of the International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China, an NGO that seeks to end forced organ harvesting in China.

“This lends credibility to false claims and helps to avoid accountability for those who have been involved in forced organ harvesting.”

In correspondance to Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy, Rogers detailed Dr. Huang’s involvement in the Xinjiang case, and suggested that herself or other researchers would be available to balance out Dr. Huang’s views.

Bishop Sorondo noted in replying that certain key researchers had participated in “political events on the condemnation of China” such as a United States Congressional hearing and the European Parliament. He added that the Vatican summit was an “academic exercise and not a reprise of contentious political assertions.”

In rebuttal, Rogers wrote that the issue of organ harvesting has been thoroughly documented and researched for over a decade, and that Dr. Francis Delmonico, the former head of The Transplant Society (TTS) and one of the main summit organizers, said under oath during a 2016 Congressional hearing that he is unable to verify the Chinese regime’s claims of reform.

“To simply say that the evidence is ‘political assertions’ masks the real issue, avoids the truth, and provides support to those who have the strongest reasons to deny their crimes,” she wrote.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Wang Zhiyuan, the president of the New York-based World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, requested that Pope Francis ban Dr. Huang Jiefu and Dr. Wang Haibo from the Vatican summit.

“We hope that the Pontifical Academy of Sciences will prevent these perpetrators from sullying your event, and deceive Catholics and the world of one of the vilest abuses ever known,” Wang wrote in a letter addressed to the Pope. “We hope Vatican can initiate an investigative effort and help to stop the organ harvesting crime all together.”

Lord David Alton, a longtime human rights advocate and a prominent Catholic, said in a written statement that he is “deeply alarmed” by continuing reports of the “barbaric” forced organ harvesting in China, and expressed concern that Huang Jiefu is allowed a platform to present the Chinese regime’s views at the Vatican.

“In the interests of a well-informed, balanced discussion of these serious matters, I have encouraged the Pontifical Academy to consider inviting researchers whose findings suggest that forced organ harvesting continues on a scale far larger than was previously known, so that they could present their findings and provide the opportunity for constructive discussion,” he wrote.

“It is right to try to engage with China on these issues, but it is vital that we do so critically and with transparency, and not in a way that simply provides China with a propaganda victory.”

Ethan Gutmann said in an interview that former TTS head Dr. Delmonico is “really dedicated” to working “hand in glove” with Dr. Huang Jiefu to promote the idea that China is making medical reforms instead of asking questions about what took place previously.

Dr. Jiefu Huang, Chairman of the Chinese National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, at the Chinese embassy in Rome on Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Dr. Jiefu Huang, Chairman of the Chinese National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, at the Chinese embassy in Rome on Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Dr. Delmonico and Dr. Huang are “burying history, burying the bodies so that they are never seen again,” Gutmann said. “What China has done is the equivalent of a corporation that has produced massive amounts of incredibly toxic material, bury it where nobody will find it, and hope that it will somehow seep into the groundwater and be forgotten.”

But Gutmann remains upbeat.

“Perhaps it doesn’t matter what happens at the conference. We live in a new world, where we can go on social media and change the public perception on things,” he said.

Gutmann is heartened by renewed attention to the issue of organ harvesting in China, and the public reversals to the Chinese regime’s efforts to sweep the issue under the carpet at a global transplantation conference in Hong Kong last year.

So the Vatican can “throw a conference like this,” Gutmann said, “but it’s not the final word.”

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A debate in the U.K. Parliament on forced organ harvesting in China took place on Tuesday, Oct 10. (unsplash)A debate in the U.K. Parliament on forced organ harvesting in China took place on Tuesday, Oct 10. (unsplash)

LONDON, U.K.—Removing organs from prisoners of conscience in China is happening on an “industrial scale”, a group of MPs heard in a Parliamentary debate on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Chinese authorities said they would stop all organ harvesting from prisoners by Jan. 1, 2015, but a report published in June this year suggests otherwise.

“Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update”, compiled by authors David Kilgour, David Matas, and Ethan Gutmann, includes research into the public records of 712 hospitals in China that carry out liver and kidney transplants.

They estimate that around 60,000 to 100,000 transplants have taken place in China each year since the year 2000, compared to the official statistics from China of 10,000 to 20,000 per year.

There has been no rejection of the research or the information, or indeed of the authors’ conclusions [by China]

— Fiona Bruce, MP, Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission

Researchers have also found evidence that the main source of organs is from forcible extraction from prisoners of conscience, particularly from practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual practice that has been outlawed in China since 1999. Uighurs, Tibetan Buddhists, and House Christians are also thought to be affected.

MP Fiona Bruce who attended the debate in Parliament on forced organ harvesting in China and has tabled a new Early Day Motion. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

MP Fiona Bruce who attended the debate in Parliament on forced organ harvesting in China and has tabled a new Early Day Motion. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

During the Westminster Hall debate MP Fiona Bruce said: “Despite the fact that the authors of the report have challenged – indeed asked – the Chinese government to reject their assertions, to come out and say that they are incorrect, there has been complete silence. There has been no rejection of the research or the information, or indeed of the authors’ conclusions.”

Mrs Bruce, who is Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, tabled an Early Day Motion titled “Forced organ harvesting in China” on Oct. 10. The Commission also launched a new report specifically around forced organ harvesting in China.

The government’s stance at the debate was reserved. Sir Alan Duncan, representing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said the practice of organ harvesting is abhorrent, but was sceptical if it was being done “systematically” in China or at all, and said there was a lack of strong evidence.

He received information from Chinese authorities on their organ donation policies, who claimed their donations are handled in a “clear legal framework that meets international standards”.

MP Jim Shannon said that he was disappointed by Sir Duncan’s reaction and that there is substantial evidence in “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update” that systematic organ harvesting in China is taking place. He also said that he had personally met some of the families who had lost their loved ones.

“We’ve got the bit between our teeth now,” he said.

The European Parliament passed a written declaration on stopping organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in July, and the US congress unanimously passed a resolution condemning state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China in June.

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LONDON—Chinese-born Canadian actress Anastasia Lin is high on China’s most-wanted list. After being crowned Miss World Canada in 2015, instead of pursuing a glamorous life as a beauty queen, she chose to speak out about the human rights abuses in her native country.

On Sept. 6, she was invited to Westminster for the British premiere of her new film, The Bleeding Edge, a narrative thriller depicting the horrors of China’s lucrative forced organ harvesting industry. The film was screened in the House of Commons not long after Prime Minister Theresa May travelled to the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China.

The 26-year-old actress has chosen to star in films that shed light on human rights issues in the communist country, and because of this, American producers have told her that she is most likely “blacklisted” in Hollywood.

Yet the harrowing story portrayed in The Bleeding Edge, about the state-sanctioned harvesting and selling of organs from prisoners of conscience, is based on true accounts. The victims are Tibetan Buddhists, house Christians, Uighurs, and practitioners of Falun Gong.


“I believe an organ is meant to be a gift from one human being to another. It can’t be given forcibly, because the person who is being given the organ also becomes the victim,” Lin said following the film screening.

With virtually no organ donation system in China, but an unusually high number of organ transplants, the disparity in numbers provoked researchers to look into the topic over a decade ago.

Ethan Gutmann, who has done extensive investigations on China’s illegal organ trade, found that the main source of illegally harvested organs is from practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual practice that has been outlawed by Chinese authorities since 1999. It is thought that hundreds of thousands have become prisoners of conscience across China.

“Clearly the [Chinese] transplant system has grown in harmony with the incarceration of Falun Gong,” Gutmann said.

Gutmann’s most recent research found that organ transplants in China are exponentially higher than the country’s “official statistics” of 10,000 to 20,000 per year. The research, published as “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update“, found that since 2000 there could have been an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 transplants taking place in China, per year.

From L-R: Executive producer Jason Loftus, director Leon Lee, actress Anastasia Lin, Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission Benedict Rogers, and author and China analyst Ethan Gutmann after the screening of the thriller 'The Bleeding Edge' in the House of Commons. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

From L-R: Executive producer Jason Loftus, director Leon Lee, actress Anastasia Lin, Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission Benedict Rogers, and author and China analyst Ethan Gutmann after the screening of the thriller ‘The Bleeding Edge’ in the House of Commons. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

Lin, who practises Falun Gong, is touched by the courage of those who are oppressed in China, but still hold true to their belief. “They are the courageous ones,” she said.

“It’s these people who have ended up in jail, not because they have done anything wrong but because of the system,” said Lin.

She hopes the film will raise awareness of the issue of forced organ harvesting in China and is urging the international community to take action.

Earlier this year, she testified at the UK Parliament about the persecution of religious minorities and the practice of forced organ harvesting. She has also previously testified at a US congressional hearing on religious persecution in China.

In June, the US Congress unanimously passed legislation condemning the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners in China, while the European Parliament passed legislation on stopping organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China this July.

The beauty queen was denied entry to compete in the Miss World Finals in 2015, which was held in Sanya, China, and was declared a persona non grata by Chinese authorities. But she’ll be representing Canada in the 2016 beauty pageants, which will be held in Washington DC later this year.

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MADRID—A Spanish judge has ruled that six executives of China’s state-owned ICBC bank in Madrid should be detained pending a judicial probe into suspected money laundering and tax fraud, a court statement said Saturday.
Three Industrial and Commercial Bank of China officials were sent to jail while investigations continue. Three others were given the option of paying 100,000 euros ($111,300) bail, the statement said.
Five executives were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of money laundering, crimes against Spain’s tax authority and forgery. The sixth, who previously worked in ICBC’s Madrid offices but now works in the Luxembourg branch, was nabbed Friday.
All court interviews were held with interpreters present and all six waived their right not to testify. The court statement said the bank continued to operate normally and Wednesday’s search of its Madrid premises “took place within the strict framework of pre-trial investigations.”
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The Chinese embassy in Madrid said in a statement that the Chinese government “requires Chinese companies to maintain a strict compliance of the law.”
The statement said the bank was using “the latest anti-money-laundering system” which it said was provided by Spanish authorities.
It said the head of ICBC Europe arrived in Madrid “to help” as soon as he had been informed of the search.
Police said the tax agency’s National Fraud Investigation Office and the European Union’s EUROPOL agency were collaborating in the probe.
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The police said the operation was a follow-up on one in 2015 that targeted gangs using the bank to launder to China some 40 million euros ($45 million) proceeding from Chinese-run bargain stores in Spain.
China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Xing spoke Friday with Spain’s embassy official Jose Luis Garcia Galan to convey his government’s hopes that the legal rights of Chinese businesses and personnel in Spain would be guaranteed.

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Veteran China journalist Ursula Gauthier, who has worked for Le Nouvel Observateur and Le Monde, is back in Paris now. Earlier this month, Chinese authorities refused to renew her visa. She revealed she had been under pressure from Beijing over an article she wrote in which she denounced Chinese state media coverage of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Her deportation was denounced in the French press corps and raises concerns about the treatment of foreign journalists in China, as well as the silence of the French government.
The Offense
After the attacks in Paris, media around the world published articles on terrorism supporting France and condemning the assailants. China was no exception, but the message there was somewhat different: Chinese authorities, and state-controlled media, drew comparisons between the Daesh (ISIS) and the Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority in Xinjiang province, in mentioning an attack that took place a month earlier in a mine to say China too is a victim of terrorism.
The attack had not been previously reported by Chinese media because, according to Gauthier’s offending article, “it certainly was not a terrorist attack.”
Gauthier is very familiar with China, having lived there since 1999. She frequently travels to the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet where the regime faces protests from Tibetans and Uyghurs who are trying to survive and preserve their culture in the face Chinese communist suppression.
Chinese and foreign reporters normally avoid these areas. Those who venture there are shadowed by plainclothes police officers and if caught, face repercussions. Because Gauthier speaks fluent Chinese and doesn’t need a translator—who are accountable to authorities and generally discourage curious reporters from doing their job—she was able to stay under the radar of Chinese surveillance.
“Nobody really knows what is happening in the Tibet Autonomous Region because reporters cannot freely work there, especially since the 2008 bloody riots,” says Le Nouvel Observateur.
Nobody really knows what is happening in the Tibet Autonomous Region because reporters cannot freely work there.— La Nouvel Observateur

In her article, Gauthier wrote: “Beijing’s policy of forced assimilation of 10 million Uyghurs, which principally targets the cultural, religious, and linguistic spheres, is partly responsible for the bloody attacks, sometimes of a terrorist nature, which have been targeting the Han (the ethnic majority in China) and Chinese officials in recent years.”
‘Mafia Ways’
According to Le Nouvel Observateur, what happened next was “worthy of a novel by Franz Kafka.”
The Chinese state media severely criticized Ms. Gauthier after the publication of her article. The newspaper New China wrote: “For a long time, Ursula Gauthier has always demonstrated political bias on China and often publishes unfounded articles.”
“I became some kind of No. 1 public enemy,” Gauthier said, according to France Info.
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The state media not only criticized Gauthier, they misquoted her, depicting her as someone glorifying terrorism. They requested she make are traction and public apology. This is a reminder of the Maoist era when intellectuals had to read their self-criticism in public and suffer the wrath of the people.
Gauthier said she also received death threats on her Facebook page. She said many foreign correspondents in Beijing’s were shocked by her deportation.
Her case is far from the first. Cyril Payen, a Bangkok-based reporter for France 24, managed to get into Tibet in 2013 to shoot a documentary, “Seven days in Tibet.”
French journalist Ursula Gauthier, a reporter in China for the French news magazine L’Obs, leaves her apartment building before leaving for the airport in Beijing, on Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
The documentary denounced the imposed cultural assimilation of Tibetans and the fierce repression of any protest. Payen said the “Tibetan cultural genocide” denounced by the Dalai Lama in 2008 was still taking place.
On June 4, four days after the release of the film (and the sensitive anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre), Cyril Payen, at home in Bangkok, received a call from a Chinese diplomat. “She asked me to go to the embassy to explain the reasons for the ‘lies’ I peddled in my story. She eventually threatened me: ‘If you do not go to the embassy before June 11th, you’ll have to face the consequences,’” reported France 24.
“Everybody advised me in particular especially to not go to the Chinese Embassy because it would be dangerous,” he said, adding he was not sleeping more than an hour a night during that period. At the same time, in France, people claiming to belong to the Chinese Embassy visited the headquarters of France 24 and requested the report be pulled.
Marc Saikali, editorial director of France 24, did not yield and instead state authorities and human rights organizations, especially ones focused on freedom of the press.
“Such unacceptable behavior might be expected from the mafia but not from senior diplomats,” Reporters Without Borders said at the time.
Doormat Diplomacy?
Le Nouvel Observateur described the French authorities’ deafening silence on the issue Gauthier as “doormat diplomacy.” The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs news-feed—which reports extensively on Franco-Chinese business partnerships and Franco-Chinese friendship—only posted a short notice regarding the non-renewal of Gauthier’s visa:
“We regret that Ursula Gauthier’s visa was not renewed. France wants to remind everyone of the importance that journalists should be able to exercise their profession throughout the world.”
French journalist Ursula Gauthier, a reporter for the French news magazine L’Obs, holds a statement criticizing her from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as she sits at her desk in her apartment in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
“The France Embassy in China has attempted some mediation. But once the Chinese made their decision (…), we would have liked a stronger reaction than just an expression of some regret,” says Le Nouvel Observateur.
In 2013, when the New York Times journalists were denied visa renewals, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden intervened and threatened Xi Jinping with reprisals. The journalists were given their visas.
For Gauthier, her return to France does not mean the end of her work. “I will continue to write, even a little more on this incident revealing a very disturbing tendency towards an

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A man looks at a Mercedes Benz car on display in front of a mall in Beijing on April 10, 2014. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Image)A man looks at a Mercedes Benz car on display in front of a mall in Beijing on April 10, 2014. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Image)

Editor’s note: Much has been written about the consequences of China’s one-child policy, in place for more than three decades. The pampered only children as a result of this policy are often called “Little Emperors”—and they’re expected to one day be the sole support for their aging parents, plus two sets of grandparents. Will they be up to this demanding task? Chinese writer Liu Zhirong questions whether they’ll even be able to take care of themselves.

In a 2012 Christmas Day article, the UK’s Daily Mail said the wish that topped British children’s Santa list was to have a baby brother or sister. In contrast, Chinese media recently reported that Chinese children aged 5 to 6, when asked whether they wanted a little brother or sister, immediately answered “No!” The children explained that a sibling might fight with them over “good food or a house.”

What is the reason for this different response? I think we Chinese should ask ourselves.

Children pick up what they hear from the adults around them. Some Chinese people only talk about houses, cars, and money, and this can make their children become very materialistic. Additionally, many Chinese parents excessively indulge their children. The children thus grow up without a sense of motivation and continue living off their parents long past the age when they should be self-reliant. This is creating a dependent and incapable generation.

Chinese parents are legally responsible for their children until the age of 18. But almost all parents continue to pay for their child’s living expenses and tuition during college. When the child gets married, parents also pay for their house and car. Even after being married, many children often go to their parents’ house for meals. There is even a special phrase for this, “The Eating Parents Group,” referring to adult children who are living off their parents.

Some young couples’ plan for their future is even more troubling. They calculate that after both their parents have died, they will inherit two houses, enough for a carefree life without the need to work hard.

I think when a child has grown up, as soon as possible parents should cut off financial support to motivate the child to work, be independent, and not become a burden on their parents or society. Later, they ought to also be able to provide assistance to family members in need and be of service to society. But if a person is not even able to support himself, how can he assist his family or benefit society?

It is not right for an adult child to ask their parents for money. Children should pay for cars, housing, electronics, and higher education with their own earnings. Relying on their parents for everything makes a child lose the motivation to work hard. This is a shame to the nation.   

Many college students in Europe and the U.S. apply for student loans or work to pay for their tuition even if their parents are millionaires. According to a survey by the U.S. Student Loan Association, only 52 percent of U.S. parents in 2013 paid for all or part of their children’s college tuition. The amount they paid has decreased from $7,700 in 2012 to $6,896 in 2013, even though tuition fees have increased.

A study of the U.S. College Board shows that students who work to pay for their tuition study harder with better results, because they know their college education is paid for by their own hard work. They therefore cherish their education more.

In countries where children work to pay for their college tuition, they also have little expectation of their parents buying them houses for their wedding. In Europe or the U.S. most young people do not get a house when they get married. According to a 2013 survey by Coldwell Bankers, less than 25 percent of newly-weds between the ages of 18 and 34 bought homes before marriage.

In Europe and the U.S. adult children generally don’t live off their parents. Most parents cut off financial support when their children are between 18 to 22 years old, and parents expect their children to find a place of their own.

According to data from the U.S. National Bureau of Statistics, 48 percent of children between the ages of 20 and 24 were living with their parents in 2013, while only 21 percent between the ages of 25 to 29 lived with their parents, and 8 percent for those above 34 years old lived with their parents.

In the U.K., only 15 percent of children between the ages of 25 and 34 lived with parents, and in Denmark it was a mere 2 percent.

When “living off one’s parents” becomes the mainstream culture, as it is in China, children are left with nothing to strive for. The whole nation will lose the spirit of self-sufficiency, respect for hard work, and the motivation to create value and wealth.

This is an abridged translation of Liu Zhirong’s article published on his personal blog.

Liu is a well-known Chinese blogger, column writer and independent commentator.

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