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Facebook Driving Interest in Organ Donations

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A new feature on the popular online social network Facebook appears to be driving a sharp increase in the number of would-be organ donors. The organ donation group Donate Life America says more than 100,000 people had used the feature by late Tuesday . The group’s California branch reported donor sign-up jumped 800 percent Tuesday […]

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China to Abolish Jailhouse Organ Harvesting

Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China says it will abolish its controversial practice of harvesting human organs for transplant from death-row prisoners within 3 to 5 years. The official Xinhua news agency quotes Health vice-minister Huang Jiefu as saying the decades-old practice is being replaced by a national organ donation system to reduce reliance on the organs of inmates. Huang […]

Seven on Trial in Kosovo for Alleged Human Organ Trafficking

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Seven Kosovars went on trial in Pristina Tuesday, charged with trafficking in human organs. All seven, including doctors and a former health ministry official, have pleaded not guilty. The European Union rule of law mission in Kosovo is running the trial. Prosecutors allege that the defendants lured donors by promising to pay them as much […]

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US Prosecutor to Probe Kosovo Organ Trafficking

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union Rule of Law mission in Kosovo has appointed an American prosecutor to investigate allegations that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and other senior figures were involved in an organ-trafficking network. In a statement Monday, the mission, known as EULEX, said John Clint Williamson of the United States was named the lead prosecutor of […]

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China Announces Measures to Limit Illegal Organ Transplants

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say the government is testing a new system to detect and prevent illegal human organ procurements and transplants. The Communist Party flagship People’s Daily said Thursday the system will make it easier for doctors and the public to report illegal organ trading. In an article first published in Taiwan’s China Daily, it […]

Australia Investigates Possible Organ Trafficking

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Australia are investigating the country’s first suspected case of organ trafficking. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Thursday that an elderly Sydney woman suffering from a kidney disease is suspected of flying in a younger woman from the Philippines with the intent of harvesting an organ from her. The newspaper said that routine […]

Turk, Israeli Charged With Organ Trafficking in Kosovo

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A European Union prosecutor in Kosovo has indicted a Turkish and an Israeli citizen for involvement in illegal trafficking of human organs at a clinic in Pristina. The European Union justice mission in Kosovo announced Monday that Yusuf Sonmez of Turkey and Israel’s Moshe Harel were charged last week with trafficking in persons, unlawful medical […]

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