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Harvesting organs from executed prisioners in China is banned

Harvesting organs from executed prisioners is legalised in 1984 in China, “provided consent was obtained from the convicts themselves and their family”.

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This practice has been condemned, both by human rights organisations, and by medical and scientific authorities. Furthermore, there is great concern in China as to whether informed consent is obtained from the potential donors prior to harvesting the organs and in particular, if there is fraudulent commercialisation of the organs removed.

Campaign to boycott harvesting organs from executed prisioners

As a result, in 2011 Arthur Caplan, a leading US bioethicist, together with some of his colleagues, promoted a campaign to boycott organ transplants in China, until it was proven that the organs did not come Harvesting organs from executed prisioners . In The Lancet in 2011, the Deputy Minister for Health himself reported that around 65% of transplants in China were performed using organs from deceased patients, and of these, more than 90% were organs from executed prisoners . In December 2014, the Deputy Minister for Health, in charge of the Organ Transplant System in China, officially announced that organs donated by executed prisoners would no longer be donated as of January 1, 2015 (The Lancet 385; 1, 2015).

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