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Keynote Event

The Canadian Political Science Students Association and Mouseland Press Speaker Series are proud to present Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and the Hon. David Kilgour. In an event open to the public, the University of Manitoba alumni will be discussing their investigation into the killings and organ harvesting of the Falun Gong, as documented in their recent publication: Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at the University of Winnipeg's Eckhart-Grammate Hall, beginning at 6:00pm. 



Biography of David Matas

David Matas is an internationally renowned lawyer and human rights activist.  He received a BA from the University from Manitoba,  an MA from Princeton University, a BA (Jurisprudence) and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.  Mr. Matas has served the government of Canada in numerous positions including as member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on an International Criminal Court and has been involved in several different organizations including the Canadian Helsinki Watch Group, Beyond Borders, Amnesty International, and the Canadian Council for Refugees.   In 2010 he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his investigation alongside the Hon. David Kilgour of organ harvesting practices in China as detailed in their book Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs. His other works have included Justice Delayed: Nazi War Criminals in Canada (1987) with Susan Charendoff, Closing the Doors: The Failure of Refugee Protection (1989) with Ilana Simon, No More: The Battle Against Human Rights Violations (1994), Bloody Words: Hate and Free Speech (2000), and Aftershock: Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism (2005).   He is currently the Senior Legal Counsel to B’nai Brith Canada.




Biography of David Kilgour

David Kilgour is a vice-president of the Parliamentary Forum of the Community of Democracies, co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, past chair of the Latin America and Caribbean policy working group of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian International council, a Fellow of the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy and a director of the Washington-based Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD).

First elected in 1979, he was re-elected seven times, most recently in 2004, for the south-east part of Edmonton. During his time in Parliament he was Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committees of the Whole House, Secretary of State for Latin America & Africa, and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. He did not stand in the 2006 election.

He continues to be active in issues of human rights and international concern. A recent book, Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs, co-authored with David Jones, a former American diplomat, discusses the relationship of Canada and the USA in the dynamics of state, industry and culture.In 2010, he published with David Matas Bloody Harvest-The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs. He and Matas were recently awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize of the International Society for Human Rights in Switzerland for their work in raising awareness of state-sponsored organ pillaging in China. For further information: www.david-kilgour.com.