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UN and Council of Europe Wants Ban on Organ Trafficking


The study calls for international experts to agree on a definition that is recognized worldwide of what constitutes “trafficking in organs, tissues and cells.”

The study stressed that trafficking in human beings for the purpose of removing an organ is a small part of the wider problem of organ trafficking.

It said exploiting a living person to get an organ is already a crime under a U.N. protocol and a Council of Europe convention against human trafficking, but there is currently no international legal instrument against trafficking in organs, tissues and cells.

The U.N. and Council of Europe study calls for the promotion of organ donations, preferably from those who have died, stepped up efforts to train surgeons in all countries to transplant organs, and better data on the scale of trafficking in organs, tissues and cells — and on men and women trafficked to obtain an organ.

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