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Looking forward to seeing many DICG friends in Rome to help fight organ trafficking with Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -January-5-2017Pontifical Academy of Sciences | January 5, 2017
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The objectives of the 2017 Pontifical Academy Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism are to describe the widespread extent of transplant tourism and organ trafficking (testimony given by attendees from countries with transplant services currently throughout the world); prepare a Statement referable to the Pontifical Academy Summit that would be signed by the participants and distributed worldwide; engage a group of stakeholders (Government Officials, Prosecutors, Investigators, Justices, and Journalists) who can be influential in the long term in combatting organ trafficking in an alliance with transplant professionals; develop an alliance of individuals committed to combating organ trafficking and transplant tourism – and engaging health authorities to achieve a prohibition of organ trafficking as a form of human slavery – by the representatives participating in the Pontifical Academy Summit.

We hope this Summit will create a top-down and bottom-up movement in society, to raise awareness of the extension and seriousness of this modern challenge and lay the groundwork for moral and appropriate solutions based on human dignity, freedom, justice and peace...

DICG member Campbell Fraser talks organ trafficking in the Middle East

ABC-News- -January-3-2017ABC News | January 3, 2017
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By Katherine Gregory

Syrian refugees 'selling their organs on the black market’.

Syrian refugees are so desperate for money and passage to Europe, they are selling their organs on the black market, according to some experts.

France makes organ donation the default choice. Thanks Vivek Jha for the headsup!

theguardian- -January-2-2017theguardian | January 2, 2017
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By Kim Willsher

France introduces opt-out policy on organ donation.

Change in law means consent for organs to be removed is presumed unless person joins official ‘refusal register’...

Convictions for health professionals in Chinese organ trafficking ring busted in 2015

South-China-Morning-Post- -January-1-2017South China Morning Post | January 1, 2017
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By Shi Jiangtao

Sixteen people, mostly medical workers, were convicted of involvement in an organ trafficking ring and sentenced to between two and five years in jail by a court in Shandong on Friday, mainland media reported.

The ring performed illegal kidney transplants at various hospitals and clinics in Jinan, Taian and Feicheng cities since 2014, according to provincial news portal Iqilu.com.

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