The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), has asked us to investigate allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China. In light of the seriousness of the allegations as well as our own commitment to respect for human rights, we accepted the request.The coalition is a non‑governmental organization registered in Washington, D. David Matas is an immigration, refugee and international human rights lawyer in private practice in Winnipeg. The request was to investigate allegations that state institutions and employees of the government of the People's Republic of China have been harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, killing the practitioners in the process. The request came formally by letter dated May 24, 2006 attached as an appendix to this report.In the course of our travels, and as a result of the publicity surrounding the first version, we acquired substantial additional information.
None of these elements on its own either establishes or disproves the allegations. Many of the pieces of evidence we considered, in themselves, do not constitute ironclad proof of the allegation.
Where every possible element of disproof we could identify fails to disprove the allegations, the likelihood of the allegations being true becomes substantial. Criminal investigation normally works deductively, stringing together individual pieces of evidence into a coherent whole.
The limitations our investigation faced placed severe constraints in this deductive method.
The best evidence for proving any allegation is eye witness evidence.
Yet for this alleged crime, there is unlikely to be any eye witness evidence.