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.
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.
This is a free event, registration is required.
WHEN: Wed 20 Nov 2019, 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: University of Cantebury, Auditorium A3 — 1 University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch