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Iran Disbands Human Organ Trafficking Ring

Tasnim news agency

Tasnim News Agency | August 5, 2014
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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s intelligence forces have identified and disbanded a major ring involved in human organ trafficking activities.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the ministry said seven members of the band have been arrested with the cooperation of the Judiciary body.

It said the arrested members of the band have confessed to forging identification documents to gain their illicit objectives...

Inquiry finds 'indications' of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict

Chicago tribuneChicago Tribune | July 29, 2014
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An EU-led inquiry found "compelling indications" that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas extracted body organs from Serb captives during the 1998-99 war and sold them, but the practice was not widespread and there was not enough evidence for a trial, the lead investigator said on Tuesday.

After a three-year investigation, the EU-led task force said there was, however enough evidence to prosecute former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) for war crimes against the ethnic Serb and Roma populations of Kosovo during the conflict...

A Council of Europe Convention to combat trafficking in human organs

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Council of Europe | July 9, 2014

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Strasbourg – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted an international convention to make trafficking in human organs for transplant a criminal offence, to protect victims and to facilitate cooperation at national and international levels in order to prosecute more effectively those responsible for trafficking.

The Convention calls on governments to establish as a criminal offence the illegal removal of human organs from living or deceased donors:

- where the removal is performed without the free, informed and specific consent of the living or deceased donor, or, in the case of the deceased donor, without the removal being authorised under its domestic law;
- where, in exchange for the removal of organs, the living donor, or a third party, receives a financial gain or comparable advantage;
- where in exchange for the removal of organs from a deceased donor, a third party receives a financial gain or comparable advantage.

The Convention also provides protection measures and compensation for victims as well as prevention measures to ensure transparency and equitable access to transplantation services...

Police Arrest Cross-Border Kidney Trader

cambodia dailyThe Cambodia Daily | July 3, 2014
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A woman accused of persuading vulnerable people to sell their kidneys to patients in Thai hospitals was arrested in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night. Among her five alleged victims are two of her brothers and a cousin.

Yem Azisah, a 29-year-old woman who also goes by the name Sinuon, was arrested near her Chroy Changva district home by anti-human trafficking police acting on a complaint from one of her victims, whose motorbike had been held ransom by Ms. Sinuon as she sought her cut of the $13,000 price she had brokered for the man’s kidney...

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