Spain to host signing of Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

Gobierno de EspanaLa Moncloa | Sep 30, 2014

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Spain has been chosen to host the opening ceremony for the signing of the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs. The event will take place in Santiago de Compostela on 24 and 25 March 2015. This has just been announced by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which named Spain as host in recognition of its world leadership in organ donation and transplantation, and its worldwide efforts to eradicate trafficking in human organs.

This International Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs is an initiative by the Council of Europe in response to the recommendations made by the Study on Trafficking in Human Organs jointly promoted by the Council of Europe and the United Nations. The Spanish National Transplant Organisation was also involved in drafting this study.

The Convention calls on governments to classify the buying and selling of human organs as an offence within their national legislation.  It includes measures to protect and compensate the victims, as well as preventive measures such as ensuring transparency and equal access to transplants. Given that trafficking in human organs and transplant tourism is a global problem, the Convention can be signed by both Member States of the Council of Europe and other non-member countries...

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