•  Council of Europe logo
    Council of Europe | July 9, 2014

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    Strasbourg – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted an international convention to make trafficking in human organs for transplant a criminal offence, to protect victims and to facilitate cooperation at national and international levels in order to prosecute more effectively those responsible for trafficking.

    The Convention calls on governments to establish as a criminal offence the illegal removal of human organs from living or deceased donors:

    - where the removal is performed without the free, informed and specific consent of the living or deceased donor, or, in the case of the deceased donor, without the removal being authorised under its domestic law;
    - where, in exchange for the removal of organs, the living donor, or a third party, receives a financial gain or comparable advantage;
    - where in exchange for the removal of organs from a deceased donor, a third party receives a financial gain or comparable advantage.

    The Convention also provides protection measures and compensation for victims as well as prevention measures to ensure transparency and equitable access to transplantation services...

  • cambodia dailyThe Cambodia Daily | July 3, 2014
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    A woman accused of persuading vulnerable people to sell their kidneys to patients in Thai hospitals was arrested in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night. Among her five alleged victims are two of her brothers and a cousin.

    Yem Azisah, a 29-year-old woman who also goes by the name Sinuon, was arrested near her Chroy Changva district home by anti-human trafficking police acting on a complaint from one of her victims, whose motorbike had been held ransom by Ms. Sinuon as she sought her cut of the $13,000 price she had brokered for the man’s kidney...

  • LA TimesLOS ANGELES TIMES | June 30, 2014
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    Tens of thousands of Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. The gap between the demand for donated kidneys and the supply creates a situation that free-market cheerleaders can't bear to leave alone: People have two kidneys, so why not end our shortage of organs for transplantation by adopting a "cash for kidneys" program in place of the current law against organ sales? Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics, calculated that putting a $15,000 price tag on donated kidneys would generate enough sellers to meet current needs.

    But buying and selling organs is a dangerous and misguided game, no matter how exalted the theorists playing it or how seemingly straightforward their calculations...

  • CNN kidney vendor NepaliCNN | June 26, 2014
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    Kathmandu, Nepal -- On the streets of Kathmandu, the sight of people begging for kidney treatment has become common.

    The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.

    The organ in highest demand is the kidney and black market traffickers are meeting that demand. Up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally every year, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity...

  • Costa Rica flagLa Nación | June 14, 2014

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    María Fernanda Monge Montero recibió un hígado el 11 de marzo, gracias a que el Hospital Calderón Guardia avisó de la aparición de un donante para esta paciente del Hospital San Juan de Dios.

    El trasplante para atender la falla hepática fulminante, que ella sufría, estuvo a cargo del equipo del Hospital México.

    La coordinación fue posible gracias a la clasificación de potenciales receptores de órganos creado por la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), como una de las medidas para organizar el sistema de donación y trasplante en los 29 centros médicos públicos.

     

  • Organ shortage leads to trafficking UNUN.GIFT.HUB | OCTOBER 28, 2013
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    (OHCHR) -   A growing number of people are exploited and compelled by need or by force to provide organs for transplantation to people within their own countries or abroad, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, warned on Friday.


     

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     philstar.com | June 9, 2014

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    MANILA, Philippines - A House leader has filed a bill which seeks to criminalize the sale of human organs, imposing a 20 year jail term and fine of P2 million.

  •  Council of Europe logo
    Council of Europe | July 9, 2014

    [read the article]


    Strasbourg – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted an international convention to make trafficking in human organs for transplant a criminal offence, to protect victims and to facilitate cooperation at national and international levels in order to prosecute more effectively those responsible for trafficking.

    The Convention calls on governments to establish as a criminal offence the illegal removal of human organs from living or deceased donors:

    - where the removal is performed without the free, informed and specific consent of the living or deceased donor, or, in the case of the deceased donor, without the removal being authorised under its domestic law;
    - where, in exchange for the removal of organs, the living donor, or a third party, receives a financial gain or comparable advantage;
    - where in exchange for the removal of organs from a deceased donor, a third party receives a financial gain or comparable advantage.

    The Convention also provides protection measures and compensation for victims as well as prevention measures to ensure transparency and equitable access to transplantation services...

  • cambodia dailyThe Cambodia Daily | July 3, 2014
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    A woman accused of persuading vulnerable people to sell their kidneys to patients in Thai hospitals was arrested in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night. Among her five alleged victims are two of her brothers and a cousin.

    Yem Azisah, a 29-year-old woman who also goes by the name Sinuon, was arrested near her Chroy Changva district home by anti-human trafficking police acting on a complaint from one of her victims, whose motorbike had been held ransom by Ms. Sinuon as she sought her cut of the $13,000 price she had brokered for the man’s kidney...

  • LA TimesLOS ANGELES TIMES | June 30, 2014
    [read the article]


    Tens of thousands of Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. The gap between the demand for donated kidneys and the supply creates a situation that free-market cheerleaders can't bear to leave alone: People have two kidneys, so why not end our shortage of organs for transplantation by adopting a "cash for kidneys" program in place of the current law against organ sales? Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics, calculated that putting a $15,000 price tag on donated kidneys would generate enough sellers to meet current needs.

    But buying and selling organs is a dangerous and misguided game, no matter how exalted the theorists playing it or how seemingly straightforward their calculations...

  • CNN kidney vendor NepaliCNN | June 26, 2014
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    Kathmandu, Nepal -- On the streets of Kathmandu, the sight of people begging for kidney treatment has become common.

    The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.

    The organ in highest demand is the kidney and black market traffickers are meeting that demand. Up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally every year, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity...

  • Costa Rica flagLa Nación | June 14, 2014

    [read the article using Google Translate / lea el artículo]


    María Fernanda Monge Montero recibió un hígado el 11 de marzo, gracias a que el Hospital Calderón Guardia avisó de la aparición de un donante para esta paciente del Hospital San Juan de Dios.

    El trasplante para atender la falla hepática fulminante, que ella sufría, estuvo a cargo del equipo del Hospital México.

    La coordinación fue posible gracias a la clasificación de potenciales receptores de órganos creado por la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), como una de las medidas para organizar el sistema de donación y trasplante en los 29 centros médicos públicos.

     

  • Organ shortage leads to trafficking UNUN.GIFT.HUB | OCTOBER 28, 2013
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    (OHCHR) -   A growing number of people are exploited and compelled by need or by force to provide organs for transplantation to people within their own countries or abroad, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, warned on Friday.


     

  • manila2014-06-10

     philstar.com | June 9, 2014

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    MANILA, Philippines - A House leader has filed a bill which seeks to criminalize the sale of human organs, imposing a 20 year jail term and fine of P2 million.

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     Belarusian News | May 19, 2014

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    MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – Belarus-initiated resolution on the prevention and fight against illegal organ trade and human trafficking for the purpose of organ sale has been adopted in Vienna. The document was approved at the 23rd session of the UN Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian embassy in Austria.

    The resolution for the first time within the commission draws the attention of the international community to the need to analyze the present situation and modern trends in organ trade as a new looming crime...

     

  • The Times of Israel

     The Times of Israel | June 3, 2014

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    An Israeli man suspected of illegally trafficking in human organs has been detained in Cyprus for using a fake passport.

    Uzi Shmueli, a former professional soccer player for Hapoel Beersheba, allegedly headed a crime ring that lured struggling young Israeli women, mostly from the south of the country, to Turkey and paid them NIS 20,000 (some $5,750) for their kidneys.

    Israeli authorities suspected that he had fled abroad after they opened an investigation into the alleged trafficking ring...

     
     
     
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    The New Indian Express | April 23, 2014 

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    A nexus between kidney agents in the city and doctors in Sri Lanka was busted by the Hyderabad police, which has been investigating the death of a city youth in Sri Lanka.

  • Vietnam

     ThanhNienNews.com | Tuesday, April 29, 2014 

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    Vietnam— Police in Vietnam's Mekong Delta have identified eight people, including five siblings, who "donated" their kidney in exchange for money in what might lead authorities to uncover an organ-trafficking ring.

A needed Convention against trafficking in human organs

The Lancet June 2014Marta López-Fraga, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Alexander M Capron, Kristof Van Assche, Dominique Martin, Emanuele Cozzi and Francis L Delmonico.

 

More than 114 000 organ transplants are done annually in over 100 countries.1  Estimating that 5—10% of kidney transplants result from commercial transactions,2,3 WHO has warned against the worldwide “trade for profit in human organs”,4 which tarnishes this life-saving therapy.5 Although legislation forbidding organ sales exists in most countries,6 progress has been impeded by weak enforcement and the absence of comprehensive binding international instruments to harmonise regulations and improve cross ...

Read the article free at The Lancet here.

AJT - Organ Transplantation for Nonresidents of the United States: A Policy for Transparency


A.K. Glazier, G. M. Danovitch, F. L. Delmonico

A policy proposal relating to transplantation of deceased donor organs into nonresidents of the United States was jointly sponsored by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) International Relations and Ethics Committees and approved by the OPTN/UNOS Board in June 2012. The proposal followed prior acceptance by the Board of the definitions of ‘‘travel for transplantation’’ and ‘‘transplant tourism’’ and the introduction in March 2012 of revised data collection categories for transplant candidates who are neither citizens nor residents. The most important aspect of the new policy concerns replacement of the previous so-called ‘‘5% rule’’ with the review of all residency and citizenship data and the preparation of a public annual report...

Click here to read the full article - Requires subscription to AJT

Police have arrested five people in Spain after a wealthy Lebanese man in need of a liver offered up to €40,000 ($55,000) to whoever was willing to undergo an illegal organ transplant.

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Read full article: http://www.thelocal.es/20140312/police-thwart-first-illegal-organ-sale-in-spain

Police have arrested five people in Spain after a wealthy Lebanese man in need of a liver offered up to €40,000 ($55,000) to whoever was willing to undergo an illegal organ transplant.

According to the police report, the suspects were caught while they were trying their luck with impoverished immigrants in Spain's eastern region of Valencia.

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