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New law bans for-profit organ trade

Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post | Jul 1, 2016

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By B. Sengkong and E. Handley

The National Assembly yesterday adopted a law banning commercial organ transplants in a bid to curb trafficking in the so-called “red market” trade, introducing heavy jail sentences for breaches.

The law, which also covers human cells and tissues, stipulates that any donation of human parts must be undertaken on a humanitarian basis – commercial motives and advertising such services are forbidden and carry jail sentences of up to 20 years.

The legislation’s passage comes two years after a seminal case of organ trafficking in the Kingdom in which Mot Hiriphin was convinced by a cousin that he could sell a kidney to pay off crippling family debt.

Hiriphin travelled to a Thailand hospital for surgery and received $4,200 for his kidney.

But lawmakers and law-enforcers yesterday acknowledged a “grey area” that would be difficult to regulate, in which poverty compels victims to give their organs to someone who – while not paying cash for the organ – might provide for the victim in other ways...

People Die Waiting For Organs. Here's How To Stop That From Happening

Harvard forumHuffington Post | May 21, 2016
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By Casey Williams

More than 121,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. Some will sit in limbo for as many as five years before receiving an organ. Others won’t live long enough to reach the top of the waiting list: every day in the U.S., 22 people die while waiting for a live-saving transplant.

There’s no easy solution to the twin problems of organ scarcity and staggering waiting times for transplants.

Recruiting more living donors could help shrink wait times. But donating an organ is no easy task. Donors are covered by the recipient’s insurance for the actual procedure but are barred by law from receiving money to cover their travel costs or to pay for their recovery. The hefty financial burden often dissuades would-be donors from contributing their organs.

Deciding who gets an organ when is tricky business as well. When an organ becomes available, potential recipients who live nearby and whose blood type matches the organ usually get first priority. Hospitals also allocate organs based on how urgently patients need them. But there's still much debate over how best to match and distribute organs.

In a panel discussion hosted by Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health on Friday, experts will discuss these and other issues...

Click here to watch this fascinating panel discussion featuring Professor Francis Delmonico, the Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group.

Pope Francis addresses Judges' summit on human trafficking and organized crime

Pope Vatican Radio TimesVatican Radio| June 3, 2016

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Pope Francis on Friday evening made an unexpected appearance at the Judges' Summit on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, a two day conference taking place in the Vatican and organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Speaking to judges and prosecutors from around the world, the Holy Father asked them "to fulfill their vocation and their crucial mission — to establish justice — without which there is neither order nor sustainable and integral development, nor social peace". He said judges’ unique contribution to humanity is a result of their ‘understanding of indifference and its extreme forms in a globalized world’...

DICG Senior Advisor Francis Delmonico participated in this meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and the Declaration of Istanbul is cited in the declaration produced as a result of the meeting. To learn more, please click here.

Kidney trade racket busted, five arrested

The Tribune IndiaThe Tribune | June 4, 2016

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NEW DELHI - Five persons, including two employees of Apollo Hospital, have been arrested for allegedly running an illegal trade of human organs by luring people from across India to donate their kidneys in exchange for money, police said today.

The five accused have been identified as Aseem Sikdar (37), who hails from North 24 Pargana, West Bengal, Satya Prakash, alias Ashu (30), who hails from Kanpur, UP, Devashish Moulik (30), who hails from New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, Aditya Singh (24) from Aali Vihar, Delhi and Shailesh Saxena, alias Sonu (31), who is a resident of Badarpur in Delhi. Aditya and Shailesh have been working as personal secretaries to Apollo Hospital doctors for the past three to four years, said the police.

On May 30, the police were tipped off that a gang is involved in the illegal trade of human organs. 

"It was revealed that the gang lured needy people from various parts of the country to donate their kidney in exchange of money. They also prepared forged papers, including the ID proofs, to establish the relationship between the donors and the recipients. It was also revealed that the staff of Apollo Hospital were also involved in the racket. The recipients were heavily charged for the same whereas a small amount out of it was paid to the donors," said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East District)...

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