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Momentum Grows: Update on Forced Organ Transplants in China

Momentum Grows: Update on Forced Organ Transplants in China

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  • Tue 19 Nov ’19, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Victoria University Room GBLT1, Old Government Building, Stout Street, Wellington


All Ages

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About this Event
For at least two decades, the government of China has been accused of forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, principally Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghur Muslims – killing the victim in the process. The China Tribunal, an independent people’s tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, assessed all available evidence and in June 2019 delivered their judgment that forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale – continuing today, and that Commission of Crimes Against Humanity against Falun Gong and Uyghurs had been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

Join the panel of experts who will discuss why this is a New Zealand issue – Including legal and human rights implications, our responsibility to protect and prevent and how New Zealanders can avoid becoming complicit in China’s transplant crimes against humanity.

Hosted by: Phillipa Malpas Associated Professor in Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Auckland.

Guest speakers:

The China Tribunal – Margo MacVicar

Margo MacVicar is the New Zealand Manager of International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse In China (ETAC). She has extensive experience in the not for profit human rights sector focusing on the issue of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

She has hosted numerous discussions, Q&A forums on forced organ harvesting in China.

An Organ Trafficking Issue – Robin Palmer

Robin Palmer is a Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury. He is also a practicing barrister (advocate). From 2006 to 2012, he was the lead specialist prosecutor of the ‘Life’ case, where international brokers, local hospital groups and surgeons were prosecuted for illegal organ trafficking.

A Legal Issue: Complicity – Dr David Matas

Dr David Matas is an international human rights lawyer, author and researcher. He has served the government of Canada in numerous positions including as member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on an International Criminal Court; the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research; and the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe Conferences on Antisemitism and Intolerance. He has received numerous awards and honours, including the Manitoba Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Order of Canada in 2009. He co- authored the first investigation into forced organ harvesting in China in 2006 and An Update report in 2016.

A Biomedical Research Ethics Issue: Chinese organ transplant research in international medical journals – Angela Ballantyne

Angela Ballantyne is an Associate Professor at University of Otago. Ballantyne's research interests include exploitation, research ethics, the ethics of pregnancy and reproductive technologies, and secondary use research with clinical data. She has worked in schools of Medicine, Primary Health Care and Philosophy in New Zealand, Australia, England and the United States; and as the Technical Officer for Genetics and Ethics at the World Health Organization in Geneva. In 2018 and 2008 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

Death Penalty, Torture, and Criminal Justice Issue: Dr Tony Ellis

Dr Tony Ellis is a leading New Zealand and international Human Rights lawyer. Tony practices public law, and criminal law.

Tony has a number of cases before the Court of Appeal. One of them being a murder extradition to China case Kim vs Minister of Justice to be heard before the Supreme Court in December 2019, the Court of Appeal decision attracted international publicity in at least 13 overseas papers including the New York Times, and the London Financial Times.

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