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Investigator Into Claims of Chinese Organ Harvesting Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Jack Phillips  |  Epoch Times

Ethan Gutmann speaking about China's organ harvesting in Washington. (Lisa Fan/Epoch Times)
Ethan Gutmann speaking about China’s organ harvesting in Washington. (Lisa Fan/Epoch Times)

Investigative journalist and author Ethan Gutmann received a nomination for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in exposing the mass harvesting of organs of practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual practice, in Chinese state-run hospitals.

Gutmann, along with human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian MP David Kilgour, released a report in the summer of 2016, showing that Chinese organ transplants are six to ten times higher than the official estimates put forth by the Chinese Communist Party that received CNN and New York Times coverage. In the report, it details that between 60,000 and 100,000 transplants have been carried out in China over the past 15 years.

“And in 2016, the dam broke, the story changed and suddenly, when we woke up in 2017, Beijing had lost the argument,” Gutmann told Epoch Times, referring to the bombshell report.

“I owe the fact that there was a story worth telling to the world because of the witnesses – the refugees from labor camp, the defectors, and doctors like Enver Tohti and Ko Wen-je,” he continued, referring to a doctor who helped build Taiwan’s voluntary organ transplantation system. In “The Slaughter,” published in 2014, he details how Ko went to mainland China and accidentally discovered that organs sourced from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience were being used in transplants.

“All I had to do was get their story out. Persevere. Write. Get it published. I had an unspoken contract with the witnesses. I fulfilled it. That is why I will sleep well, not because I was nominated for a prize,” Gutmann noted.

For his part, Gutmann, an award-winning author, launched an independent investigation into China’s state-run organ harvesting efforts and interviewed more than 100 doctors, refugees, and law enforcement over six years. “The Slaughter” included accounts from doctors who participated in the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners or doctors who knew about the grisly practice, but he began writing about Falun Gong in 2002, about three years after the Chinese Communist Party launched its persecution of adherents of the meditation.

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