• Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -14-May-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | 14 May, 2017
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    Tonight we are also celebrating our two newly appointed honorary doctors - Margaret A. Liu and Francis L. Delmonico, who have each made their own significant contributions to the research and education conducted at Karolinska Institutet.

  • Redaccion-Medica- -12-May-2017Redacción Médica | 12 May, 2017
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    Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, nueva directora general de la ONT

    Médico adjunta de la organización, es la persona designada por el Consejo de Ministros para suceder a Rafael Matesanz

  • YouTube- -8-May-2017YouTube | 8 May, 2017
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    Kidney trade racket exposed in Pakistan

     

  • The-Express-Tribune- -8-May-2017The Express Tribune | 8 May, 2017
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    Illegal organ transplants: Govt orders campaign against ‘heinous’ practice

    CM assures those involved in the crime will be given exemplary punishment.

     

  • Pakistan-Today- -6-May-2017Pakistan Today | 6 May, 2017
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    By Rana Haider

    Illegal organ trafficking thrives in the province

    The police, despite claiming to have eliminated organ transplant from the province, were unaware of various incidents of organ trafficking that has been taking place in the province for the last seven years. In the stated time, transplant surgeries were carried out on over 214 patients, 15 of whom expired during the procedure.

     

  • BBC-News- -5-May-2017BBC News | 5 May, 2017
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    Undercover video of human organ traders

    The World Health Organisation says that more than 10,000 human organs are being sold illegally every year.

  • Egypt-Independent- -4-May-2017Egypt Independent | 4 May, 2017
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    By Ola Noureldin

    Parliament committee approves harsher penalties in Organ Transplant Law

    The Parliament’s Legislative Committee approved on Wednesday amendments to Egypt’s Organ Transplant Law which stipulate drafting harsher penalties into the law regulating organ transplantation in Egypt.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -14-May-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | 14 May, 2017
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    Tonight we are also celebrating our two newly appointed honorary doctors - Margaret A. Liu and Francis L. Delmonico, who have each made their own significant contributions to the research and education conducted at Karolinska Institutet.

  • Redaccion-Medica- -12-May-2017Redacción Médica | 12 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, nueva directora general de la ONT

    Médico adjunta de la organización, es la persona designada por el Consejo de Ministros para suceder a Rafael Matesanz

  • YouTube- -8-May-2017YouTube | 8 May, 2017
    [watch the video]


    Kidney trade racket exposed in Pakistan

     

  • The-Express-Tribune- -8-May-2017The Express Tribune | 8 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    Illegal organ transplants: Govt orders campaign against ‘heinous’ practice

    CM assures those involved in the crime will be given exemplary punishment.

     

  • Pakistan-Today- -6-May-2017Pakistan Today | 6 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Rana Haider

    Illegal organ trafficking thrives in the province

    The police, despite claiming to have eliminated organ transplant from the province, were unaware of various incidents of organ trafficking that has been taking place in the province for the last seven years. In the stated time, transplant surgeries were carried out on over 214 patients, 15 of whom expired during the procedure.

     

  • BBC-News- -5-May-2017BBC News | 5 May, 2017
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    Undercover video of human organ traders

    The World Health Organisation says that more than 10,000 human organs are being sold illegally every year.

  • Egypt-Independent- -4-May-2017Egypt Independent | 4 May, 2017
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    By Ola Noureldin

    Parliament committee approves harsher penalties in Organ Transplant Law

    The Parliament’s Legislative Committee approved on Wednesday amendments to Egypt’s Organ Transplant Law which stipulate drafting harsher penalties into the law regulating organ transplantation in Egypt.

  • Dunya-News- -2-May-2017Dunya News | 2 May, 2017
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    214 people fell victim to organ trafficking in seven years in Punjab: report

    Initial report into the matter has been forwarded to the interior ministry, said FIA spokesman.

  • Pakistan-Today- -30-April-2017Pakistan Today | 30 April, 2017
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    Organ trafficking ring busted in Lahore

    LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday busted an illegal organ trade gang in Lahore.It was the first-ever case under the Human Organ Transp...

  • BBC-News- -25-April-2017BBC News | 25 April, 2017
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    By Alex Forsyth

    Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees

    Abu Jaafar's job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money.

  • IOL-NEWS- -April-10-2017IOL NEWS | April 10, 2017
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    By Nabeelah Shaikh

    WATCH: Shock tactics highlight lucrative organ trade

    The makers of 'Bypass' stunned the public when a woman was seen handing out pamphlets advertising human organs for sale - ...

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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