Policy Forum: Organ Procurement and Extrajudicial Killing in China

by Uyghur Times
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By Uighur Human Rights Project

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-215 | Washington, DC

Prof. Donald C. Clarke, Chinese law specialist, George Washington University

Ethan Gutmann, China Studies Research Fellow, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Susie Hughes, Executive Director, International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse in China

Yu Ming, Falun Gong practitioner and survivor of Chinese labor camp

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, former Barrister and International Criminal Tribunal

Matthew P. Robertson, China Studies Research Fellow, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Marion Smith, Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Mihrigul Tursun, Uighur Muslim detained in Chinese “political re-education” camp

Co-Hosts: International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC), Uighur Human Rights Project, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

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Speaker bios:

Prof. Donald C. Clarke is a specialist in Chinese law at George Washington University. He has published extensively in journals such as the China Quarterly and American Journal of Comparative Law on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. His recent research has focused on Chinese legal institutions and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms. In addition to his academic work on Chinese law, Professor Clarke founded and maintains Chinalaw (formerly Chinese Law Net), the leading Internet listserv on Chinese law, writes the Chinese Law Prof Blog, is a co-editor of Asian Law Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network, and has often served as an expert witness on matters of Chinese law.

Ethan Gutmann, an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator, is the author of Losing the New China and The Slaughter. He has written for publications such as the Wall Street Journal Asia, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Investor’s Business Daily, while providing testimony and briefings to the United States Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the European Parliament, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Ottawa, Canberra, Dublin, Jerusalem, Prague, Edinburgh, and London. A former foreign-policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, Gutmann has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and CNBC. He was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Susie Hughes is executive director and co-founder of the International Coalition To End Transplant Abuse In China (ETAC), and is based in Australia. She has extensive experience in the not for profit human rights sector focusing on the issue of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. Susie was a member of the ETAC Steering Committee responsible for initiating the China Tribunal. She has testified before the Australian Parliament on organ trafficking and transplant tourism, and freedom of religion and belief, and has hosted numerous roundtable discussions, Q&A forums and online seminars on forced organ harvesting in China. Susie has also worked in the private education sector as a teacher, teacher trainer, school administrator and board member.

Yu Ming is a businessman who was imprisoned for 12 years and tortured nearly to death in labor camps in China for his belief in Falun Gong. He arrived in the United States to join his wife and daughter in January 2019 through the help of the U.S. government.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC was called to the Bar in 1971, and practised as a barrister until 1998 when he was recruited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – ICTY – by Justice Louise Arbour (later UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). He prosecuted a number of cases relating to genocide, and in November 2001 led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia, until the end of that trial in 2006. He was knighted in 2007 for services to International Criminal Justice. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues. He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries. Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

Matthew P. Robertson is a China Studies Research Fellow with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He is concurrently a PhD student in political science at the Australian National University in Canberra. His research interests include biopolitics, political violence, and authoritarian politics; his dissertation, using computational methods and process tracing, explores the political logic of state control over citizen bodies in the case of China’s organ transplantation industry. Previously he has worked as a reporter, researcher, and translator for several nonprofit organizations, and as an interpreter (from Chinese) for financial services firms. His research using statistical forensics to demonstrate the falsification of Chinese organ donor registry data was published in the leading journal of medical ethics, BMC Medical Ethics. Other peer-reviewed publications he has co-authored have appeared in BMJ Open and The BMJ.

Marion Smith is a civil society leader and expert in international affairs, and has been executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. As Executive Director, he provides strategic leadership for VOC and spearheads its educational initiatives. He is also founding president of the Common Sense Society, an international foundation that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership virtues among young professionals in the United States and Europe. Smith is a native of South Carolina and chairman of the National Civic Art Society. He was previously a visiting fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at the Heritage Foundation. His articles have appeared in publications including USA Today, The Hill, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the National Review. He is a regular guest analyst on major network and cable television news channels, including ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

Mihrigul Tursun is a survivor of the CCP’s re-education camps. Tursun was born in Cherchen County in the south of Xinjiang. When she was 12 years old, she was taken to Guangzhou for middle school as part of the CCP’s forced relocation of Uighur children into inner China, where she experienced constant humiliation and discrimination. She eventually left to study in Egypt, where she met her husband. Upon returning to China with her family, she and her children were immediately detained, and there is strong evidence that her eldest son, who was 4 months old at the time, was murdered by the CCP. Though Tursun was later released, she was detained two other times in re-education camps, where she was tortured. She has previously testified about her experience in front of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and received the Citizen Power Award in December 2018.

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