Organ trafficking in China gives the European Parliament Human Rights Sub-Committee cause for concern

Publié le : 19 February 2014

 In an article published on the EPToday* website, MP Niccolò Rinaldi, member of the European Parliament Human Rights Sub-Commission, is keen to draw attention to international organ trafficking due to "international criminal networks that make a profit from selling human organs".

Niccolò Rinaldi emphasises that numerous vital organs are harvested for organ transplants or medical research without authorisation or donor consent and often with the assistance of qualified medical personnel. However, the Istanbul declaration on organ trafficking and transplantation tourism calls for the donor’s consent before any transplant procedure can be conducted and stresses that condemned prisoners cannot be donors. 

On 12 December 2013, in its plenary session, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution that shed light on the "serious abuse" of organs in China. More precisely, this Resolution is calling for a stop to organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners. This "inhumane and criminal" practice is carried out with the government’s consent, and is even facilitated by the latter. "Reports from NGOs suggest that Chinese military doctors are involved in harvesting prisoners’ organs". 

In 2005, the Chinese Minister for Health, Gao Qiang, "recognised […] the fact that most of the organs were taken from prisoners who had been executed". However, "the number of executions in China remains a state secret". And "China does not provide any reliable statistics" despite frequent requests to do so. 

Niccolò Rinaldi ended by stressing how important it is for the European Parliament and European Commission to call on the Chinese Government to adopt international standards and to ensure greater transparency with regard to organ transplant procedures. 

* EPToday: monthly European newspaper

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