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DICG Public Consultation to the Update of the Declaration of Istanbul

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Participate in the DICG public consultation concerning the Declaration of Istanbul (2018 Edition)


To view the draft DoI (2018 Edition) and provide your feedback via our survey, please click here.


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul (DoI), a working group of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) has prepared a draft update to the Declaration. The revisions made in this 2018 Edition are intended to ensure that the DoI remains a valuable source of ethical guidance for health professionals and policy makers during the next decade in the face of persisting and emerging challenges in organ trafficking and transplant tourism around the world. To achieve this goal, we need your help.

Please share your time and expertise with us, and provide feedback on our draft documents here.

Authorities catch up with Israeli criminal involved in Kosovo organ trafficking

Israeli organ-smuggling mastermind arrested in Cyprus [read the article]


By AFP

Israeli organ-smuggling ‘mastermind’ arrested in Cyprus

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers has been arrested in Cyprus, Kosovan police said on Saturday.

Moshe Harel is suspected of organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic in the capital Pristina in 2008, and is the man being held, according to local media...

India’s laws on organ transplants do little to protect rights of organ donors

Indias laws on organ transplants do little to protect rights of organ donors [read the article]

[read the Vidhi Report]


By Menaka Rao

The legal framework needs to ensure that the donor gives informed consent as well as legal and medical aid for donors.

In August 2016, Surat resident Brijkishore Jaiswal needed a kidney transplant and was all set to receive one from Shobha Thakur, a 42-year-old domestic worker from rural Gujarat. But in order to get the kidney, Jaiswal tried to pass Thakur off as his wife and said that she was donating the organ altruistically. Jaiswal was paying Thakur for her kidney and thus breaking the law, which bans commercial organ donation...

What are red markets? World's major organ trafficking countries bank on poverty and desperation

What are red marketsInternational Business Times | 09 December 2017
[read the article]


By Lara Rebello

‘What are red markets? World's major organ trafficking countries bank on poverty and desperation

A recent investigative piece into the conditions of African migrants stuck in Libya raised the curtain on the underground slave trade rings in the country and triggered international calls for investigations into the matter. It also shed light on the organ market that has been burgeoning alongside — banking on the bodies of financially desperate migrants. The migrant crisis in Africa as well as other parts of the world has offered organ traffickers a steady flow of donors — willing or unwilling — to sever ties with their kidneys, livers and other body parts....

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