Editorial - Global initiatives to tackle organ trafficking and transplant

    Bagheri A, Delmonico FL.

    The increasing gap between organ supply and demand has opened the door for illegal organ sale, trafficking of human organs, tissues and cells, as well as transplant tourism. Currently, underprivileged and vulnerable populations in resource-poor countries are a major source of organs for rich patient-tourists who can afford to purchase organs at home or abroad.


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    An international symposium on organ donation and transplantation, with 70 international leaders in this field, was held in Doha, Qatar on April 12–14, 2013.

    The symposium received the endorsement of Her Highness, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Vice Chair of the Supreme Council of Health of Qatar. Convened by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the symposium celebrated not only the 5th Anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul but also the implementation of the Doha Donation Accord. The Doha Donation Accord was established in September 2010 as the result of close collaboration between the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), HMC and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group. The framework of the Accord was based on Qatari regulations, legislations, national norms and the principles of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. Well known are The Declaration of Istanbul principles built upon a universal declaration of human rights, and this Doha conference reflected the importance of the international collaboration and global consensus to improve donation and transplantation practices.

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    Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal in the osce region: Analysis and findings

    The report was authored by human rights attorney, Mr. Milbert Shin with the contribution of Isabella Orfano for the Chapter “Addressing Victims’ Rights and Needs in Practice”.

    This report makes exceptional contributions in its analysis of prosecutions, recommendations for advancing victim's rights and criminal law. As some of you may recall, Milbert Shin was invited to the Doha meeting but was unable to attend at that time due to other commitments. He has nonetheless followed the global scene of HTOR closely and has agreed to participate in the XDOT Committee to fill the role of including an expert in human rights law.

    Apart from this, I am currently also reviewing the background report on HTOR of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking that is anticipated to be presented to the UN General Assembly next month.

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