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Israel charges seven with international organ trafficking

The Straits Times

The Straits Times | May 14, 2015

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JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday charged seven people with international organ trafficking and organising illegal transplants, the justice ministry said.

The Israeli suspects organised or performed transplants in Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Kosovo, using paid local donors for Israeli recipients, it said.

"The accused ran a real business in trafficking organs, on dozens of occasions over the course of years, exploiting the financial distress of the donors and the health crisis of the recipients for economic gain," it said....

dJERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday charged seven people with international organ trafficking and organising illegal transplants, the justice ministry said.

The Israeli suspects organised or performed transplants in Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Kosovo, using paid local donors for Israeli recipients, it said.

"The accused ran a real business in trafficking organs, on dozens of occasions over the course of years, exploiting the financial distress of the donors and the health crisis of the recipients for economic gain," it said.

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Council of Europe publishes conclusions from organ trafficking conference

COE Conference on the conventionCouncil of Europe | May 4, 2015


The Council of Europe has released the conclusions of the high level international conference on the fight against Trafficking in Human Organs which took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in March this year.

The report of these conclusions notes that trafficking in human organs is "a global problem" which "violates the dignity of human beings...[and] undermines trust in the efficiency and fairness of the public health system".

The report explains the significance and value of the new Convention against trafficking in human organs.

The conference report is freely available courtesy of the Council of Europe in Español, Français, English and Русский.

For more information about the Convention, please click here.

 

 

China faces uphill battle in organ donation campaign

ABC on ChinaABC News | April 20, 2015

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By Huey Fern Tay

Medical workers ran into the hospital as soon as the helicopter landed in Zhengzhou, central-eastern China.

The box they were carrying contained a liver and two kidneys that had been donated by a man in the same province.

A surgeon emerged eight hours later to declare the liver transplant operation a success.

The wife of the male recipient looked relieved as she thanked the mystery donor and his family for saving her husband's life.

This touching account was covered by a satellite television channel run by the local province of Henan; one of many reports that have featured in the Chinese media over the past few months.

Those involved in the campaign to promote organ donations speak excitedly about upcoming projects.

"In future we may make some documentaries and movies," deputy director of the China Organ Administrative Centre Dr Gao Xinpu said...

Bill can help stamp out organ trafficking

The ScotsmanThe Scotsman | March 31, 2015

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 By Calum MacKellar

According to the World Health Organisation, the international trafficking of organs is a growing problem with about 10,000 organs being bought and sold on the black market every year around the world. While there is a small market for hearts, lungs and other body parts, it is kidneys that represent the large majority of organs being trafficked since most people are born with two kidneys and it is possible to survive with only one.

The countries in which organs are being bought from individuals are some of the most impoverished in South America, Africa and Asia, while recipient countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK and Japan.

Trafficking persons for organs involves a whole host of offenders including recruiters who identify potential organ providers, those who arrange transport to the hospitals, the clinical staff responsible for the surgery and the salesmen who organise the trade. Moreover, because of the involvement of so many national and international players, the trafficking is difficult to police...

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