Senate committee approves bill to fight organ trade

Senate Committee on Human Rights Unanimously approved A bill intended to combat international trafficking.

Senator Bill S-204, sponsored by Senator Salma Ataurajan, makes it illegal for Canadians to take organs abroad without the consent of their donors and does not allow Canada to accept people involved in forced organ removal.

Ataullahjan submitted a similar bill at the last legislative session of Congress, which received unanimous approval from both the Senate and the House of Commons, but because Congress dissolved for elections before the latest amendments were introduced. May be approved by the Senate by the MP, which did not become a law.

“We know that Canadians continue to travel abroad for commercial organ transplants,” Ataullahjan told the Commission.

“Doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto report that even after getting organs abroad, three to five people still arrive each year. It’s the only hospital. It covers 1,200 hospitals in Canada. And the modest number of patients per hospital is equivalent to 3,600 organ transplants performed abroad each year. “

Ataullahjan said organ trade cases have occurred in different parts of the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and elsewhere.

Former parliamentarian David Kilgore, who has extensively investigated the removal of organs from Chinese Falun Gong practitioners and Uighurs, told the Commission that only China is forcibly depriving the persecuted group of organs. Told. Not a black market criminal.

“They don’t take just one kidney, they take the heart, liver, lungs, and everything they can, and of course, donors die in the process,” Kilgor said.

Kilgor said one way Canada would be affected by this would be for brokers to go to hospitals in Canada and other countries looking for patients in need of organs and to send patients to China for organ transplants for a significant amount of money. He said it was to arrange to take him.

Upon entering China, the patient “does a blood test, a tissue test. Then the surgeon accesses a computer database to find out who matches the patient. Then, literally … poor that matches the formula. A match of male or female, tissue type is taken out of the dormitory and killed between them. The organs are removed, “said Kilgor.

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Former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgore (R) presented a revised report on forced organ removal from Chinese Falun Gong practitioners, which was co-authored by international human rights lawyer David Matas in a file photo. I will. (Matt Hill Debrand / Epoch Times)

David Matas, a human rights lawyer based in Kilgor and Winnipeg, was the first person to systematically investigate the CCP administration’s organ removal from Falun Gong practitioners in 2006.

Kilgor and Matas said they had visited many countries to publish their findings, and said it was “embarrassing” that their country, Canada, did not yet have a law to address the issue.

“It’s very educational for us and I think it’s very very useful for other countries. [as well],” He said.

Similarly proposed legislation was introduced by other members of the previous parliament from both the Conservatives and the Liberal Party, but neither of them became law before the dissolution of the parliamentary session.

“We’re really lagging behind because this is the law we should have had 10 years ago,” said Ataullahjan.

“Transplant tourism practices will continue to grow without enforcing legislation prohibiting Canadians from participating in organ removal.”

After all the committee’s senators approved the bill, chairman Senator Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard said it was the fastest clause-by-clause approval process she had experienced.

“We all agree with this. I don’t think we would disagree at all,” added Senator Thanh Hai Nugo.

The bill is then presented in the Senate and transferred to a third reading.