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Media reports announcing an end to the use of organs from executed prisoners in China are misleading

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Media reports announcing an end to the use of organs from executed prisoners in China are misleading

December 13, 2014

Evidently relying upon statements made during a plenum of the Chinese State Council in October 2014, international media have reported that the Chinese government has promised that organs for transplantation will no longer be obtained from executed prisoners as of January 1, 2015.1,2 The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) welcomes this announcement and applauds the leadership of Chinese colleagues to accomplish this objective, but for several reasons remains skeptical about the promised timeline.

First, the announcement was not accompanied by formal assurance that the Hangzhou Resolution, developed by Chinese transplant professionals and government officials in 2013, is indeed being implemented.3 The objectives of the Hangzhou Resolution include:

  • establishing credentials for Chinese transplant professionals,
  • banning the sale or purchase of human organs,
  • preventing organ trafficking and transplant tourism, and
  • treating transplantable organs as a national resource for Chinese patients...

Read the complete statement here.

Human trafficking: Trade of human organs will thrive unless culprits are punished: Dr Rizvi

Pakistan tribuneThe Express Tribune | Dec 10, 2014
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By Ishrat Ansari

KARACHI: The recent case of human trafficking for illegal organ transplant worries Dr Adeeb Rizvi, who fears this trade will thrive unless the culprits are punished.

“The government needs to charge those two men arrested from Jinnah International Airport,” said the SIUT founding director at a press briefing organised by the Transplantation Society of Pakistan (TSP) in collaboration with Sindh Human Organ and Tissue Transplantation Authority (Hota) at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Wednesday.

A couple of decades ago, Pakistan was the largest market for the trafficking of human organs in the world, Dr Rizvi pointed out. The selling and buying of human organs is against Islam and is also illegal, he added.

For their part, the monitoring committee of the transplantation society has requested the health secretary, Iqbal Hussain Durrani, to file a complaint against the two men, Rizwan Ahmed and Sarfaraz Bhatti, who were caught on their way to Mauritius via Dubai. They were planning to go to India through this route for an illegal kidney transplant...

Iran restricts organ transplants

Iran Al MonitorAl-Monitor | October 10, 2014
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By Mehrnaz Samimi

Over 25,000 Iranian patients are on the waiting list for receiving an organ, according to the latest statistics that Iran’s Ministry of Health has announced. Official statistics show that every day, seven to 10 patients on this list die in dire need of an organ transplant.

The administration has increased its efforts to inform and educate people to willingly become donors, which is why the donor card system was created. A section that has also been added to driver’s licenses in Iran that indicates the license holder’s decision to donate his/her organs.

“Starting on Sept. 21, 2014, no more organ transplant operations will be performed on non-Iranians,” Iranian officials announced in September.

The major reason this decision was made, according to the Ministry of Health, was that the number of foreign citizens who have undergone organ transplant surgery in Iran — 608 legally documented over the past 10 years — was already high, considering the number of Iranian patients in critical condition...

Two organ traffickers arrested from airport

Pakistan The NewsThe News| November 22, 2014
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By Salis bin Perwaiz

Karachi  - Two people allegedly involved in illegal organ trafficking were apprehended at the Karachi airport by the personnel of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when they tried to board a flight to Mauritius on Friday morning.

The suspects include a carrier and his subject who had agreed to sell his kidney for Rs500,000, said FIA Sindh Director Shahid Hayat.

He said the FIA’s immigration staff at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi had been instructed to keep a check on the documents of passengers travelling abroad to be able to catch suspects wanted by the agency’s Anti-Human Trafficking Circle.

The immigration staff grew suspicious about two passengers whose documents had been arranged by an agent. Both held Pakistani passports bearing a visit visa for Mauritius and a medical visa for India.

The immigration officials asked Sarfaraz Bhatti and Rizwan Ahmed about why they were travelling to Mauritius but they failed to give a satisfactory reply. When probed further, Bhatti disclosed that Ahmed was taking him to Mauritius, via Dubai, and then to India for kidney transplantation of an Indian lady who lived in Mauritius...


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