End Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism
Considering that the trafficking in human organs violates human dignity and the right to life and constitutes a serious threat to public health;
Considering the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (2000) and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2005, CETS No. 197) specifically recognising human trafficking for organ removal as a practice to be criminalised and punished;
Considering that the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs (2014) is to prevent and combat trafficking in human organs;
Considering that European Parliament Writing Declaration (0048/2016) and the US House Resolution 343 (H.Res.343) unanimously passed in June 2016 express concerns over China’s organ procurement from non-consenting prisoners of conscience for organ transplants, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups;
Considering that the Statement of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism signed in February 2017 to achieve self-sufficiency in organ donation at a national level and to establish a legal framework that provides an explicit basis for the prevention and prosecution of transplant-related crimes;
International Care of Organ Transplantation (ICOT) hereby launches the Petition and declares the following：
We call on international organizations to join forces with the WHO and UNODC to continue investigating occurrence of human organ trafficking and transplant abuse and take necessary actions.
We urge all governments in the world to combat the global threat posed by trafficking in human organs, e.g. ratifying Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs as a signatory or/and promoting necessary amendment to relevant transplant legislation in every country.
We support the Written Declaration 48 and U.S. House Resolution 343, which condemns the “state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”
I, the undersigned, hereby endorse the above declaration.