The world is acting quickly to counter the international traffic organs and Italy is in the game.
Yesterday at the Italian Parliament was held the First Symposium on Ethics in transplantation, which gathered together doctors, lawyers and institutions with the same goal: promoting ethical standards and legislative actions to eradicate an illegal phenomenon that involves the entire planet.
China, World Leader in Organ Trafficking
“The world situation shows a desperate search for organs,” says Dr. Harold King, a spokesman for the European Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), an NGO that works on medical ethics. DAFOH is spearheading the international campaign against the forced removal of organs from prisoners of conscience in China and sponsored the symposium in Rome.
The organ traffic is a global phenomenon, which focuses mainly in the Philippines, Pakistan, India and China, but only in China the source are prisoners being killed – the rest of the world’s sources are living consenting donors.
China plays a silent role as a protagonist in international transplants: “China does not share any information, because everything concerning transplants are a state secret,” says Dr. King.
China has shown a contradictory attitude toward their transplant system. For example in November 2013, when the Chinese government signed the Hangzhou resolution along with the Transplantation Society, announcing the end of harvesting organs from prisoners sentenced to death, a practice that violates the ethical principles accepted by the international medical community. The convention just adopted by the Council of Europe calls on governments to treat as a criminal offence the removal of human organs from living or deceased donors when “performed without free, specific and informed consent from the donor.” In China, the consent of executed prisoners is coercive.
Antonio Stango, an Italian expert in human rights and publisher of the book “State Organ: Transplant Abuse in China” expressed a feeling more and more popular among diplomats and representatives in the West: “We can not feel safe when we interact with a country that constantly violates human rights. We can’t trust China as a partner. “