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‘Shameful Act’: Hong Kongers want to keep hearts & livers at home, exit mainland organ donation plan

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After the Hong Kong authorities considered establishing a mutual organ transplant programme with Beijing, many Hong Kongers have withdrawn from the city’s organ donation register. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee said the police will investigate the 'shameful act' of suspicious withdrawals from the system.

The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation and Reporters Without Borders hosted a panel discussion and reception in the British Parliament to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. The panel featured Baroness Natalie Bennett; Fiona O’Brien, UK Bureau Director at Reporters Without Borders; Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, Human Rights Lawyer at Doughty Street Chambers; Penny Sukhraj, Founder of Justice for Anton; and Stephen Vines, former journalist in Hong Kong. Ms Gallagher called for the British government to “start putting principle into practice” by supporting the release of British citizen Jimmy Lai and other jailed journalists.

Frances Hui, the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation’s Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, delivered a joint letter from 30 organisations supporting The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Certification Act (S. 490; H.R. 1103)to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill would require the US government to review whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from Beijing to allow the Economic and Trade Offices to continue receiving diplomatic immunity, because HKETOs which were initially established to provide a platform for Hong Kong to promote economic relations with other countries now serve as additional proxies for the Chinese Communist Party.

In the National Review, the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation President Mark Clifford described the Chinese Communist Party’s rapid destruction of Hong Kong as a trial run for China’s authoritarian ambitions worldwide. Mr Clifford called attention to Hong Kong’s more than 1,400 political prisoners, the case of Jimmy Lai and supported the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and Chinese Communist Party’s call for