» 03/23/2012, 00.00
"Organ donations from condemned prisoners will be abolished within five years"
For years, Beijing has tried to sidestep the issue, but this week, it admitted that death row prisoners have been used for organ donations after their execution. The decision to stop does not stem from any humanitarian considerations, but from the fact that organs come from donors with high infection rates.
08/02/2017 13:52:00 VATICAN – CHINA
As Vatican defends China over organ trafficking, Huang Jiefu says he plays no diplomatic role
Conference participants criticise China, claiming it hides trafficking in prisoners’ organs. ““Are they doing any illegal transplantation of organs in China? We can’t say. But we want to strengthen the movement for change,” said Mgr Sánchez Morondo. Huang was invited to the Vatican only as transplant expert. Some suspect that the Holy See wants to ingratiate itself with Beijing to continue their dialogue.
China officially admits executed prisoners are the basis of organ trafficking
Health authorities acknowledge the problem for the first time. They also recognise the existence of an organ black market but deny public officials are involved, blaming instead surgeons, who in turn, refute such allegations.
Organ trafficking flourishes. The government tries to regulate it.
The launch of the system in 10 provinces and cities, including Shanghai. The new rules aim to stop trafficking and illegal operations, ending the lucrative transplants for foreigners.
19/02/2009 SOUTH KOREA
Cardinal Kim’s first miracle: pledged organ donations increase threefold
Today the ceremony of dressing the body will take place. The funeral is scheduled for 10 am tomorrow. Every day about 100,000 people, Catholics and non-Catholics, are filing by the cardinal’s casket in Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral to say their final farewell. Daejong bishop reminisces.
Human organ trade officially banned in China
China’s authorities have been accused of allowing the use of organs harvested from prisoners and road accidents victims without their consent. Doctors involved will now lose their licence to practice; public officials will go to jail. For experts the problem remains: how to trace organs’ provenance.
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