• Jakarta-Globe- -March-23-2017Jakarta Globe | March 23, 2017
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    Nat'l Police Chief Urges Public Not to Believe Social Media Hoaxes

    Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has urged members of the public to remain calm and not be tricked by news stories that the police have identified as "hoaxes."

  • Ahram-Online- -March-17-2017Ahram Online | March 17, 2017
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    By Mahmoud Aziz

    Egypt's State Council approves law to increase penalties for illegal organ transplants

    The Egyptian State Council has finished revising a law regulating organ transplant operations, which will include harsher penalties for illegal or forced operations.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-8-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 8, 2017
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    Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group shared World Kidney Day Official's photo

  • TribLIVE- -March-5-2017TribLIVE | March 5, 2017
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    By LUIS FÁBREGAS

    Thomas Starzl, father of organ transplantation, dies at 90

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, the organ transplant icon who revolutionized medicine by performing the first successful liver transplant and set the standard for the life-saving surgery, died Saturday. He was 90.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-4-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 4, 2017
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    Protect your kidneys, prevent needs for transplants, prevent organtrafficking!

  • The-National- -February-28-2017The National | February 28, 2017
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    By Shireena Al Nowais

    Law will allow for kidney donations from deceased donors in the UAE

    Doctors creating transplant list as they prepare for law to come into force allowing donations from deceased people.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017臓器売買と移植ツーリズムに関する科学アカデミーサミット教皇宣言 | February 25, 2017
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    国際連合と世界保健総会の決議、2015年世界首長バチカンサミット、2014年奴隷制度に対する信仰指導者共同宣言、そして、2016年人身売買と組織犯罪に対する弾劾サミットにおいて臓器摘出を目的とした臓器売買、人身売買は人類に対する真の犯罪であり、全ての宗教、政治、社会のリーダーと国内・国際法によって真の犯罪であると認識されねばならいと宣言したローマ教皇Pope Francisの御意に沿い、我々、臓器売買に関する教皇科学アカデミー(PAS)サミットの署名参加者は、世界中の関係者を巻き込み、あらん限りの努力を惜しまずこれらの犯罪に立ち向かうことを決意した。...

  • Jakarta-Globe- -March-23-2017Jakarta Globe | March 23, 2017
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    Nat'l Police Chief Urges Public Not to Believe Social Media Hoaxes

    Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has urged members of the public to remain calm and not be tricked by news stories that the police have identified as "hoaxes."

  • Ahram-Online- -March-17-2017Ahram Online | March 17, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Mahmoud Aziz

    Egypt's State Council approves law to increase penalties for illegal organ transplants

    The Egyptian State Council has finished revising a law regulating organ transplant operations, which will include harsher penalties for illegal or forced operations.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-8-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 8, 2017
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    Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group shared World Kidney Day Official's photo

  • TribLIVE- -March-5-2017TribLIVE | March 5, 2017
    [read the article]


    By LUIS FÁBREGAS

    Thomas Starzl, father of organ transplantation, dies at 90

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, the organ transplant icon who revolutionized medicine by performing the first successful liver transplant and set the standard for the life-saving surgery, died Saturday. He was 90.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-4-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 4, 2017
    [read more]


    Protect your kidneys, prevent needs for transplants, prevent organtrafficking!

  • The-National- -February-28-2017The National | February 28, 2017
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    By Shireena Al Nowais

    Law will allow for kidney donations from deceased donors in the UAE

    Doctors creating transplant list as they prepare for law to come into force allowing donations from deceased people.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017臓器売買と移植ツーリズムに関する科学アカデミーサミット教皇宣言 | February 25, 2017
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    国際連合と世界保健総会の決議、2015年世界首長バチカンサミット、2014年奴隷制度に対する信仰指導者共同宣言、そして、2016年人身売買と組織犯罪に対する弾劾サミットにおいて臓器摘出を目的とした臓器売買、人身売買は人類に対する真の犯罪であり、全ての宗教、政治、社会のリーダーと国内・国際法によって真の犯罪であると認識されねばならいと宣言したローマ教皇Pope Francisの御意に沿い、我々、臓器売買に関する教皇科学アカデミー(PAS)サミットの署名参加者は、世界中の関係者を巻き込み、あらん限りの努力を惜しまずこれらの犯罪に立ち向かうことを決意した。...

  • The-Age- -February-8-2017TIMETURK | February 21, 2017
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    By HABER MERKEZİ

    'Suriyeli mülteciler organ mafyasının kıskacında'

    Alman medyası Türkiye’deki zor durumda olan Suriyeli sığınmacıların organlarını sattığı yönünde bir haber yaptı.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017教皇科学院打击人体器官买卖和移植旅游全球峰会声明 | February 21, 2017
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    根据联合国大会与世界卫生大会有关决议,秉承2015年世界各大城市市长参加的梵蒂冈峰会,以及2014年各大宗教界领袖反对现代奴役的联合宣言,依照教皇方济各2016年6月在反对人口贩卖和有组织犯罪法官峰会上的陈述:“国际法、各国法律、全球的宗教、政治和社会领袖需要认识到人体器官买卖和以获取器官为目的的人口贩卖是一种反人类的罪行”,参加教皇科学院打击器官买卖和移植旅游全球峰会并签署声明的各国代表集体郑重宣布,我们将联合全世界所有与移植事业有关的责任方共同打击这种反人类的罪行。...

  • The-Daily-Star- -February-19-2017The Daily Star | February 19, 2017
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    By Porimol Palma

    What if Kidneys Fail? Law stands in way of transplantation

    At 23, her life should have been full of colours but instead it is as pale as it could get. This spring has brought her no joy at all.

  • The-Arab-Weekly- -February-18-2017The Arab Weekly | February 18, 2017
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    By Ibrahim Ouf

    Egypt struggles to stem organ trafficking

    Efforts to stem organ traffick­ing may fail because of socio-economic conditions in Egypt.

Historical development and current status of organ procurement from death-row prisoners in China

BMC

Allison KC, Caplan A, Shapiro ME,  Els C, Paul NW, and Li H. (2015). Historical development and current status of organ procurement from death-row prisoners in China. BMC Medical Ethics, 16:85


Abstract

Background: In December 2014, China announced that only voluntarily donated organs from citizens would be used for transplantation after January 1, 2015. Many medical professionals worldwide believe that China has stopped using organs from death-row prisoners.

Discussion: In the present article, we briefly review the historical development of organ procurement from death-row prisoners in China and comprehensively analyze the social-political background and the legal basis of the announcement. The announcement was not accompanied by any change in organ sourcing legislations or regulations. As a fact, the use of prisoner organs remains legal in China. Even after January 2015, key Chinese transplant officials have repeatedly stated that death-row prisoners have the same right as regular citizens to “voluntarily donate” organs. This perpetuates an unethical organ procurement system in ongoing violation of international standards.

Conclusions: Organ sourcing from death-row prisoners has not stopped in China. The 2014 announcement refers to the intention to stop the use of organs illegally harvested without the consent of the prisoners. Prisoner organs procured with “consent” are now simply labelled as “voluntarily donations from citizens”. The semantic switch may whitewash sourcing from both death-row prisoners and prisoners of conscience. China can gain credibility only by enacting new legislation prohibiting use of prisoner organs and by making its organ sourcing system open to international inspections. Until international ethical standards are transparently met, sanctions should remain.

Read the complete paper courtesy of BMC Medical Ethics.

State of Israel Efforts to Counter Trafficking for Organ Removal

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The Ministry of Justice in Israel has published a summary of the State's efforts to counter trafficking for organ removal. It is a comprehensive document which summarizes all the efforts made by the various branches of the Israeli government and administration to block organ trafficking and transplant tourism while promoting local deceased and living organ donation, all within the spirit of the Declaration of Istanbul. The report can be downloaded as a pdf in English by clicking here.

Organs for Sale - An Ethnographic Examination of the International Organ Trade

Screen Shot 2015-10-03 at 5.50.19 pmSusanne Lundin. 2015. Organs for Sale An Ethnographic Examination of the International Organ Trade. Palgrave Pivot.

After four years of queuing on the Swedish list for transplant kidneys, Sam was tired of waiting – he went to Pakistan and bought a new kidney. But where did the new kidney come from? And was the donation of the organ he received really voluntary? In this book, Susanne Lundin explores the murky world of organ trade, where desperate patients like Sam are small pieces in a big puzzle. In her ethnographic work, she tracks exploited farm workers in Moldova, prosecutors in Israel and surgeons in the Philippines. Utilizing unique source material she depicts a rapidly growing organ market characterized by both advanced medical technology and human trafficking.

 

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