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Harry Wu In The News

By Ann Zeise

Dateline: 3/19/98

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.

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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 for profit.

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 organs rises.

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.

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News Chronolgy

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.

October 1999
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.

April 5, 2001
Harry Wu on the real China: WND interviews former political prisoner, human-rights champion.

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