21 Aug 2016

Ethan Gutmann and Angela Ballantyne - Forced Organ Harvesting

From Sunday Morning, 9:40 am on 21 August 2016
Ethan Gutmann

Ethan Gutmann Photo: Supplied

Angela Ballantyne

Angela Ballantyne Photo: Supplied

Claims of forced organ harvesting from thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience are revealed in a new documentary being screened around Aotearoa in coming weeks.

The film is called Hard to Believe - and it alleges the Chinese government is behind an industrial scale programme of organ harvesting - mostly targeting members of the religious sect Falun Gong. The Chinese government maintains this is all a lie, and donors are all prisoners on death row. Ethan Gutmann, author of the book, The Slaughter, is one of the authors of a new 800-page report, 'An Update,' that says up to 100,000 transplants are taking place in China each year. Dr Angela Ballantyne is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Otago and President of the International Assn of Bioethics.