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David Kilgour Author and Human Rights Advocate: Why 2022 is the China Genocide Olympics Ep 170

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

David Kilgour recently wrote an article that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, Winter Olympics — here’s why we’re calling them the China Genocide Olympics.

For nearly 20 years, he has been outspoken about the human rights abuses and organ trafficking in China. When he and David Matas were asked in 2006 to investigate allegations that the organs of Falun Gong practitioners were being harvested, the disturbing truth was revealed. Following the investigation, Kilgour and Matas co-wrote, Bloody Harvest-The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs.



Mr. Kilgour is a former Member of Canada’s Parliament, having served in the House of Commons for nearly 27 years, Secretary of State for Latin America & Africa from 1997-2002, and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific from 2002-2003. Prior to his political career he was a prosecutor.

In this interview Mr. Kilgour reflected on his career in politics and as a prosecutor, and shared his thoughts on Taiwan.

This episode of Talking Taiwan has been sponsored by the Taiwan Elite Alliance 優社 which was established in 2000 to promote Taiwanese and Taiwanese American arts and literature, and to protect and enhance the human rights, freedom and democracy of the people in Taiwan.



Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Why he’s calling the 2022 Winter Olympic Games the Genocide Games
  • The protest held in Ottawa of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
  • How he became aware of persecution of the Falun Gong and the harvesting of their organs for involuntary transplants
  • The International Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong approached David Kilgour and David Matas about looking into the allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners
  • The book that he wrote with David Matas, Bloody Harvest
  • Ethan Gutmann who also wrote a book about organ harvesting in China
  • The update on organ harvesting done by David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann
  • The China Tribunal in London chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice
  • The Uyghur Tribunal
  • How there are 9-10 countries that have banned organ tourism
  • Mr. Kilgour’s efforts to lobby the Canadian Parliament to enact legislation against organ trafficking
  • Accounts from doctors who performed surgeries for involuntary organ transplants
  • How Uyghurs have been persecuted in China
  • The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China
  • How Mr. Kilgour is a voluntary advisor to two Uyghur organizations
  • Mr. Kilgour’s recollection of his first visit to China
  • His work to get goods produced by slave labor banned internationally
  • How the U.S. has strengthened laws on importing goods produced by slave labor
  • Volkswagen’s plants in Xinjiang with parts being made by forced labor in China
  • The diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
  • Why the International Olympic Committee would award the Olympics to Beijing a second time
  • Taiwan’s early response to COVID-19
  • The last time Mr. Kilgour visited China on a trade mission under Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
  • The Chinese surgeon who removed the cornea of thousands of Falun Gong
  • Who is profiting from the organ harvesting and transplant business in China
  • Comparing the 2022 Olympics in Beijing to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
  • What the average person can do about the human rights abuses in China
  • What Mr. Kilgour enjoyed about his political career
  • Where his sense of social justice and activism came from
  • Mr. Kilgour’s position as State Secretary of Asia Pacific
  • Taiwan has laws banning organ trafficking
  • Ryszard Paszkowski, a Soviet-trained spy that Mr. Kilgour wrote a book about
  • Mr. Kilgour’s past visits to Taiwan
  • The trucker protests and Freedom Convoy in Ottawa
  • The Taiwanese politicians that he’s met
  • His work with the Ottawa Mission
  • How the National People’s Congress of China has 91 billionaires
  • Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya’s comments about the Uyghurs
  • The hate email that Mr. Kilgour has received


Related Links:

David Kilgour: http://www.david-kilgour.com/

Winter Olympics — here’s why we’re calling them the ‘Genocide Games’ (an article from the Ottawa Citizen written by David Kilgour): https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/kilgour-winter-olympics-heres-why-were-calling-them-the-genocide-games

Falun Gong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong


Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong: http://www.cipfg.org/en/


The 2006 Report of the investigation of allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners: https://cja.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Kilgour-Matas-organ-harvesting-rpt-July6-eng.pdf



Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China by David Matas and David Kilgour: https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Harvest-Organ-Harvesting-Practitioners/dp/0980887976

The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem by Ethan Gutmann: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781616149406/The-Slaughter-Mass-Killings-Organ-Harvesting-and-China’s-Secret-Solution-to-Its-Dissident-Problem

NEW Investigative Report – An Update to Bloody Harvest & The Slaughter (YouTube video featuring Ethan Gutmann): https://youtu.be/UOFx8tm6uRA

Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter- An Update: https://endtransplantabuse.org/an-update/

Organ tourism: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5347406/pdf/ijotm-8-049.pdf

Enes Kanter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnesFreedom

Enes Kanter’s Tweet stating that Taiwan is a free and democratic country: https://twitter.com/EnesKanter/status/1458466864334528514?s=20

Enes Kanter on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enesfreedom/

Countries that have legislation banning organ trafficking: https://www.chinaorganharvest.org/legislation/

China Tribunal Final Judgment and Summary (2019): https://chinatribunal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ChinaTribunal_-SummaryJudgment_17June2019.pdf

Uyghur Tribunal: https://uyghurtribunal.com/

An article about Dr. Tothi from the Mirror

Surgeon who harvested organs of slaughtered dissident now London Uber driver: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/surgeon-who-harvested-organs-slaughtered-21040274

Shen Yun: https://www.shenyun.com/



Section 307 and U.S. Imports of Produced by Forced Labor: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11360#:~:text=Section%20307%20of%20the%20Tariff,(CBP)%20enforces%20the%20prohibition.

Searching for truth in China’s Uighur ‘re-education’ camps (from the BBC): https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-48700786

International Olympic Committee (IOC): https://olympics.com/ioc/overview

Jean Chrétien: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Chr%C3%A9tien

About “Annie”, the whistleblower who spoke publicly about the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners: https://www.chinaorganharvest.org/report/findings/appendix-admissions/whistleblowers/

About the 1936 Berlin Olympics: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goebbels-olympics/


Betrayal: The Spy Canada Abandoned by David Kilgour: http://david-kilgour.com/betrayal/index.htm

Dr. George Leslie Mackay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Leslie_Mackay

Tsai Ing-wen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy: http://www.tfd.org.tw/opencms/english/

The National Endowment for Democracy: https://www.ned.org/

Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

Canada’s Trucker Protests: What to Know About the ‘Freedom Convoy’ (an article from the Council on Foreign Relations): https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/canadas-trucker-protests-what-know-about-freedom-convoy

The Canadian protesters aren’t just truckers. Here’s who has been showing up and what they want (an article from CNN): https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/07/americas/canada-covid-protest-explainer/index.html

Lee Teng-hui: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Teng-hui

NBA’s Warriors refuse to stand with ‘limited investor’ Chamath Palihapitiya after the billionaire minority owner said ‘nobody cares’ about China’s Uyghur genocide (an article from the Daily Mail): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10412639/Silicon-Valley-billionaire-Golden-State-Warriors-Chamath-Palihapitiya-cowardly-Uyghur-Muslims.html

The Ottawa Mission: https://ottawamission.com/

Doctor Says He Took Transplant Organs From Executed Chinese Prisoners: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/29/world/doctor-says-he-took-transplant-organs-from-executed-chinese-prisoners.html

Has China really stopped obtaining organs from executed prisoners?: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/china-still-gathering-organs-executed-prisoners

How much does the diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022 matter?


Concerns and controversies at the 2022 Winter Olympics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerns_and_controversies_at_the_2022_Winter_Olympics

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