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|العربية (Arabic)||المريض كتيب||تحميل|
|English||Patient Brochure - A4 Size||Download|
|English||Patient Brochure - Legal Size||Download|
|Español (Spanish)||Paciente Folleto||baja resolución||alta resolución|
|Français (French)||Patient Brochure||basse résolution||haute résolution|
|עברית (Hebrew)||החולה חוברת||רזולוציה נמוכה||ברזולוציה גבוהה|
|हिन्दी (Hindi)||रोगी पुस्तिका||डाउनलोड|
|한국어 (Korean)||환자 브로셔||지금 다운로드|
|Melayu (Malay)||Brosur pesakit||resolusi rendah|
|Português (Portugese)||Paciente Folheto||baixa resolução||Alta Resolução|
|Română (Romanian)||Brosura pacient||rezoluţie mică||de înaltă rezoluţie|
|Русский (Russian)||Брошюра пациента||скачать|
The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 9 July 2014. The adoption of the Convention represents a historical milestone in the fight against organ trafficking. It is the first legal document that provides an internationally agreed upon definition of trafficking in human organs, identifying the activities that ratifying States must criminalize in their national laws.
Like other criminal law instruments, the Convention also includes provisions to deter these practices and to protect victims. This instrument complements the existing international legal framework against trafficking in human beings (including for the purpose of the removal of organs), which does not reach some transplant related crimes and many of the actors, such as surgeons, whose involvement lies at the heart of the criminal activity.
Fourteen countries have already signed the Convention: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This signifies their intention to ratify it, which will bind them legally to incorporate its provisions into their domestic law. The Convention, which was conceived to have a global scope, is open for signature and ratification not only by Council of Europe member or observer countries but by any State in the world, and several have already indicated that they are considering acceding to the Convention, as have additional COE member States.
More information about the Convention can be found in the media and journal articles below.
The following recommendations are based on practical experience obtained during the preparation of the academic content of meetings sponsored or supported by The Transplantation Society. These recommendations do not intend to prevent academic examination of controversial issues in organ transplantation. Rather, they aim simply aim to ensure that the organizations that have endorsed the Declaration of Istanbul do not confer academic prestige or professional acceptance on individuals or groups whose actual practices undermine the objectives of the Declaration of Istanbul or involve the use of organs or tissues from executed prisoners. The denial of approval to such individuals and groups seeks particularly to promote ethical and effective organ transplant practices in countries that are struggling to overcome organ trafficking and transplant tourism.