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Wu In The News
By Ann Zeise
From his inauspicious Milpitas tract home, Harry Wu has been
operating a center for international intrigue. Once again, the
controversial Chinese human rights crusader has made his blow
for the fate of imprisoned dissidents in China, and put Milpitas
on the front page of papers around the world.
Harry's target this time: China's practice of reselling the
organs of executed prisoners for transplant purposes here in
the United States, in China, and in other countries.
This particular battle began when Harry received a phone call
in his home office, crammed with computers and file cabinets.
The caller had been contacted by a Mr. Wang Cheng Yong about
helping him to sell human organs smuggled in from China. Knowing
this was illegal, the caller had first contacted the Laogai
Research Foundation, which tracks prison camps in China.
He was given Harry's number here in Milpitas.
After hearing the caller's tale, Harry, posing as a director
of a kidney dialysis clinic, contacted Wang, and made arrangements
to meet him in Manhattan on February 13.
Wang eagerly offered kidneys, corneas, livers and lungs, "Whatever
you want, I can give it to you." Harry remembered thinking
he felt like he was in some gruesome butcher shop.
Harry contacted the FBI immediately afterwards. They arranged
for Wu's original contact, Harry, and an FBI undercover agent
to meet with Wang again on February 20.
Wang offered even pancreases and skin this time. He was accompanied
by a Chinese citizen, Xingqui Fu, who lives in Flushing, New
York. They were ready to deal. The exact details will come out
in the men's trial, as the FBI arrested the two on charges of
conspiring to violate the federal law against selling human organs
China may have an "official" position, banning the
sale of prisoners' organs, but the trade flourishes with little
restraint from the Chinese government. China has more than 65
capital offenses, executing an estimated 4,300 prisoners a year.
With the demand for organs increasing as the risk in transplant
operations decreases, the danger of unscrupulous sales of human
The information for this article came from the morning edition
of the San Jose Mercury News, from a story entitled "Activist
is key in organ sting: Harry Wu leads FBI to alleged dealer"
by Brandon Bailey.
I have arranged to have this story specially linked to this
site. Thank you, Bruce Koon! If you wish to link to this story,
you must also contact the Mercury News for permission.
The Saga of
June 19, 1995
American Hero Captive in China. Announcement
by Amnesty International.
Aug 23, 1995
China finds Harry Wu guilty of spying, says it will expel him.
Aug 24, 1995
China's swift sentencing of activist Harry Wu could be the key
to unlock an immediate impasse in troubled U.S. ties.
Aug 25, 1995
Harry Wu returned home to a hero's welcome.
March 8, 1996
Harry Wu recipient of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review's
1996 Award for Leadership in Human Rights.
April 19, 1998
Former Chinese political prisoner Harry Wu to speak at Earlham.
The trouble with Harry Wu. Maria Chan Morgan, professor of
Politics, Earlham U., Harry Wu is an anticommunist demagogue.
China debate shifts. John White, senior History major, Earlham
U., When the issue is taking jobs away from American labor and
replacing them with Chinese labor who may be forced against their
will to complete products, then there is a problem.
May 9, 1996
The Cargo Letter reminds shippers that it is illegal
to import goods made by prison labor.
June 18, 1997
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense Policy Subcommittee
on Human Rights. Public Hearing: "The Social Clause: Human
Rights Promotion or Protectionism?" The Abuse of Prison
Labor, Harry Wu.
November 6, 1998
Activist Wu addresses students, tells them what they can do.
Harry Wu announces he is looking for an apartment in Virginia
to better manage the Laogai Research Foundation. His parents
will continue to live in his home in Milpitas.
February 22-24, 2000
Internationally renowned human rights advocate and Chinese dissident
Harry Wu visited Charlotte as the guest speaker for The Echo
Foundation's first annual Benefit Award Dinner.
April 11, 2000
Testimony of Harry Wu Executive Director, Laogai Research Foundation
Before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Of the United States Senate.
Harry Wu on the real China: WND interviews former political prisoner,