Senate bill targeting organ harvesters could bar Chinese officials from Canada

A bill making its way through Canada’s Senate to bar anyone involved with organ harvesting from entering the country could make China’s Communist Party officials inadmissible to Canada.

Bill S-204 makes it a criminal offence to do “anything in connection with the removal of an organ from the body of another person on behalf of, at the direction of or in association with the person who removes the organ, knowing that the person from whom it was removed or a person lawfully authorized to consent on behalf of the person from whom it was removed did not give informed consent to the removal, or being reckless as to whether or not such consent was given.”[1]

The bill, introduced by Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan, makes it an offence to engage in organ harvesting anywhere in the world, and renders foreign nationals and permanent residents who’ve engaged in the practice inadmissible to Canada.

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs), which received the support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government today, also makes it an offence to acquire an organ obtained without informed consent.

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis introduced a petition urging the government “to move quickly on the proposed legislation so as to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to prohibit Canadians from travelling abroad to acquire human organs removed without consent or as a result of a financial transaction and to render inadmissible to Canada any and all permanent residents or foreign nationals who have participated in this abhorrent trade in human organs.”[2]

“It’s noted as well that world health officials have actually praised China’s organ transplant regime despite problems we know of dealing with organ harvesting and trafficking,” the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan said.

Genuis introduced a similar motion in the House of Commons which automatically died before the second reading when the 42nd Parliament was dissolved on September 11, 2019.

“This bill seeks to combat the scourge of forced organ harvesting, when organs are taken from people against their will, often gruesomely and without anaesthetic and while a person is still living, and often when the individual’s only so-called crime is engaging in a particular religious or spiritual practice,” Genuis said. “As the government seeks to deepen Canada’s relationship with China, this bill is needed now more than ever. This bill would make it a criminal offence for a person to acquire an organ that they know or ought to know was acquired without consent.”

An independent investigation by Canadian lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour concluded in 2006 that the Chinese government was harvesting organs of political prisoners[3]

“Denial in the face of such compelling evidence which has the official sanction of the Government is no longer an option,” Kilgour, who had previously served as the MP for Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont, wrote to the Canadian ambassador in China in 2008. “The only option which remains is ending this horrible crime.”

Last year, the independent China Tribunal investigating the organ harvesting reported to the United Nations Human Rights Council that the tribunal’s members “are certain – unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims.”[4]

The China Tribunal concluded that the the Chinese government treats Uyghurs, the Muslim minority ethnic group who live Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China, as an “organ bank”.

David Lametti, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today pledged to “work with all parties” to move the legislation forward.

“Combatting human organ trafficking is a complex issue that involves both legislative and policy responses,” Lametti added. “In Canada, organ transplantation and donation is governed by a comprehensive legislative framework at both the federal and provincial/territorial level, encompassing health and criminal law.”

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12 Responses to Senate bill targeting organ harvesters could bar Chinese officials from Canada

  1. Zhao Li-wen says:

    Bankrupt Western media has been pushing the raving propaganda of far-right cult Falun Gong and Uyghur terrorists to accuse the China of “organ harvesting”.

    If you do not go to Xinjiang, you do not know how vast and beautiful China is. It used to be very peaceful and prosperous. But between 1990s and 2016, it became a battleground. There were thousands of terrorist attacks. Thousands of innocent people got killed or injured.

    In 2014 alone, there were 2 terrorist attack cases per 3 days. People couldn’t walk safely in the street and call for actions from government who according to law set up vocational education and training centres. The purpose is de-radicalization, especially the young people.

    In the past more than three years, there has not been a single terrorist attack in Xinjiang. With security and stability safeguarded, the counter-terrorism measures have won extensive and heartfelt support from the 25 million people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

    “Falun Gong”, also known as “Falun Dafa”, was founded by Li Hongzhi in China in the early 1990s. This organization preaches heretical fallacies that are anti-humanity and anti-science, and exercises extreme mental manipulation on followers. It is a cult that seriously harms the society and violates human rights, and a cancer in the body of the modern, civilized society. Li Hongzhi, the chief ring leader of “Falun Gong”, claims that the mankind has been destroyed 81 times, and that he has delayed the explosion of the earth by 30 years. He claims that the mankind is corrupted, and the earth is the biggest dumping ground of the universe, and that by practicing “Falun Gong”, the “true law” above all religion, one would never become sick or get in danger. He even claims that the Holocaust of Jewish people by Hitler was a result of the changes in celestial phenomena. According to incomplete statistics, over 1,000 cult practitioners died because they followed Li’s teachings and refused to seek medical treatment for their illnesses. Several hundred practitioners committed self-mutilation or suicide. Over 30 innocent people were killed by mentally deranged practitioners of “Falun Gong”. “Falun Gong” claim to advocate “truthfulness, benevolence and tolerance”, but in fact, the cult tolerates no opposing views whatsoever. It has, time and again, organized practitioners to besiege ordinary Chinese citizens, media and government institutions who questioned its fallacies.

    To protect human rights and the interests of the public, the Chinese Government outlawed “Falun Gong” cult in accordance with law in 1999. But in the West, the cult appears as a “religious group” and continues to deceive the public and preach cult messages. In addition, it is also engaged in anti-China political activities aimed at undermining China-West relations. From fabricating stories to attack and vilify the Chinese Government and filing unwarranted lawsuits against Chinese Government institutions and officials to harassing the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the West and engaging in anti-China propaganda aimed at undermining China’s stability and overthrowing the Chinese Government, the cult group has been reduced into a downright anti-China political group. The cult and its anti-China activities have met with widespread opposition and condemnation from Canadians. CBC reported recently that Canadians find the cult’s actions racist.

    This bill is nothing but an attempt to give oxygen to waning Western hegemony and interference in China’s internal affairs. The West is morally and economically bankrupt.

    One of the important reasons why a majority of countries oppose the West-advocated “human rights diplomacy” is that most of them, like China, once suffered invasions by Western colonialists and imperialists, which brought untold sufferings and misery to their peoples.

    Glory days of the West are over. The rapid rise of China and other emerging countries is accelerating this process. What we need to do today is to establish a new international human rights political culture to replace the rigid West-advocated human rights view and the Cold War mentality. Only by doing so can we carry out free exchanges on human rights issues and join hands to bring real equality, justice and peace to the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Communist shill.

    • jjj says:

      Tiananmen Square 1989

    • V for Vendetta says:

      Zhao-Li-wen, thank you for your long and inaccurate diatribe. As a Chinese-Canadian, I am deeply offended by your remarks. It is insulting to the Chinese diaspora around the world who do not share the CCP’s ideology or want anything to do with the Communist regime.

      Many from people from China (of all ethnic groups), like my father left their homeland, not just because they wanted a better life outside China, but because they were persecuted by the CCP for their religion and their religious beliefs. Religion and any form of spirituality was forbidden, especially during Mao’s Cultural Revolution – temples, shrines, churches, monasteries, synagogues, mosques… and anything cultural were all targeted by the communist fanatics and many destroyed. It was a really dark and shameful period in China’s history – all because Mao Zedong and his Party wanted the people to follow just one religion/ideology: COMMUNISM. (The CCP doesn’t want other ideologies and beliefs competing with the Party’s.)

      There is a new Cultural Revolution happening in China. Xi Jinping is doing exactly the same as Mao – but even worse. (Xi Jinping said, “Mao Zedong was no god.” – that he can do better.) Xi is indeed a deluded megalomaniac.

      We (in the West) mostly hear about what is happening to the Muslims (Uyghurs) in Xinjiang but the Communist Party is also actively persecuting and attacking other religions – ALL RELIGIONS.

      Christian churches are being defaced and religious paintings and portraits of Jesus are replaced with portraits of Xi with his “famous” quotes. Christians are being told to worship Xi Jinping over Jesus. (I’m not exaggerating! All of this can be found online: just do some research.)

      Even Chinese Buddhism is being targeted. Buddhist monks are forced to listen to Xi Jinping’s speeches and quotes blasting from loud speakers while they meditate.

      Zhao, your argument about counter-terrorism and cracking down on “evil” cults is flawed. China is not the only country in the world that has to deal with terrorism and so-called ‘dangerous’ cults at home. All countries have the same problem. But that is not an excuse to go rounding up people and putting them in prison camps or bulldozing their places of worship. No, the real reason is because Xi Jinping and the CCP are very insecure and feel threatened by any group (organization or institution) and/or by anyone who has a sizable following within China. The CCP doesn’t want competition. The CCP doesn’t tolerate other ideas or point of views. It is all about hanging on to power – protecting their image. (But who cares about what the rest of the world thinks – China should worry more about what the Chinese really think about their government.)

      If China wants to be respected around the world, it needs to GROW UP! Despite being over 5000 years old, China still behaves like an immature baby, always blaming others and never taking any responsibility – always holding on to ancient grudges. Because they’ve destroyed much of their own culture and are constantly re-writing history, China has forgotten who they really are. That’s why they can’t move forward. And because they’ve banned religion and spirituality, China has become morally bankrupt; the whole society lacks empathy (just look at how they treat animals and one another).

      The Xi Jinping and his Party has lost the “Mandate of Heaven” (the divine right to rule) for they have angered and disrespected the ancestors and the ancient gods… The people of China are waking up and seeing the truth – you can’t keep the wool over their eyes forever…

  2. Steve Cole says:


    My wife came from communist China and knows full well the evilness of the Chinese communist party (CCP) that is responsible for killing over 80 million Chinese since 1949. Today they target the peaceful Uighurs and Falun Gong. Yesterday it was peaceful students in 1989 Tienanmen Square and the Cultural Revolution, where they killed millions of scholars, doctors and spiritual leaders.

    Chinese Canadians who fled the tyranny of the CCP, are deeply insulted by other Chinese like Zhao Li-wen, who try to manipulate people in the west to think that the brutal Chinese communist party, the government of China, is synonymous with the Chinese race. Well thank goodness Canadians, unlike Zhao Li-wen, are not so stupid.

  3. Jen Pond says:

    Zhao Li-Wen, Chinese Communist Party troll, speaks like a mouth piece for the CCP. How much did they pay you to say that? The persecution of Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uyghurs and many other innocent Chinese people by the evil CCP is a known fact to the world. You want to wash the blood in the hands of Chinese Communist Party? The blood will move to your hand. As a human, we cannot be blind to crimes. The date for the CCP be brought to justice is coming soon.

  4. Angelica Wang says:

    “Glory days of the West are over. The rapid rise of China and other emerging countries is accelerating this process.” Seriously? This pathetic man is brain-washed by the CCP so badly that he sounds ridiculous.

    He claims Falun Gong practitioners self mutilate and commit suicide, how come we never heard of such things in Over 100 countries in the world where they practice freely?

  5. V for Vendetta says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention the millions of forced abortions and sterilizations under China’s One-Child Policy (now Two-Child Policy)… Why? Because Mao Zedong told the people to make more babies – to create a manpower for the industries. Now, China has a population problem: overpopulated and 30+ million bachelors!

    And of course, they blame everyone else but themselves. How dare they lecture us on human rights?! They are indeed delusional – with their twisted logic.

    It was Mao Zedong who said, “When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die, so that the other half can eat their fill.”

    It’s no wonder China has become morally bankrupt: total lack of compassion or empathy and no respect for God’s creations. SHAME!

  6. Beau Tanner says:

    This will be good news if they can actually enforce this piece of legislation. If nothing else, it shows movement in the right direction.

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