Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Boycott Beijing Games, Canada urged

Ottawa Citizen: "Canada and other democratic countries should boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics if China does not stop harvesting organs from dissidents, say a former Liberal cabinet minister and a prominent Ottawa rabbi... "

If this new form of evil is not enough for the IOC to withdraw the Olympics from China altogether I don't know what is!


"We're going to use whatever bully pulpit we have -- spiritual, moral or political -- to cease this horrible practice, including calling for a boycott of the Olympics in 2008 if there is no progress on this issue," Rabbi Reuven Bulka told the annual congress of the World Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons during a panel discussion on organ donation in Ottawa yesterday."

Kilgour, co-author of the Report on organ harvesting targeting Falun Gong members added:

"We have not called for a boycott in our recommendations, but if it doesn't stop very, very quickly I would hope a lot of countries, including Australia, would call for a boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing," Mr. Kilgour said...

The report estimates there were 41,500 involuntary organ transplants in China between 2000 and 2005 and questions where these organs came from...

Since the Chinese government banned Falun Gong in 1999, and rounded up its members, accusing them of anti-government activities, the number of kidney transplants has tripled, while liver transplants have increased from 135 in 1998 to more than 4,000 in 2005...

Mr. Kilgour, who also sat as an independent MP, said last week in Australia that the upcoming Games are a "window of opportunity" to force China to discuss the killings of dissidents for organs...

Last month, Stephen Harper's Conservative government said it planned to investigate allegations in the Kilgour report, while China denied the allegations and denounced the report. (more)

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