World Summit against Forced Organ Harvesting: An Alarm to Humankind

Taipei, September 13, 2021 — Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT) announced along with the other four co-hosting organizations from the U.S., Europe and Asia that the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, a series of online webinars, are taking place between Sept 17-26, 2021.

More than 35 international experts will discuss the abusive practice from medical, legal, political, news media, civil society, and policy-making perspectives to elaborate on the impact of the atrocity of forced organ harvesting on humankind. The event organizers also announce the launch of a declaration that will be presented to the public at the end of the World Summit.

A first in the field of medical ethics and human rights in both breadth and scope, the event, open to experts and the public, addresses the forced harvesting of organs from living people not only as a violation of medical ethics and basic human rights, but also as an atrocity against humankind in nature. The systematic killing of people to harvest their organs on an industrial scope is a crime that is unprecedented and should not have a place in the 21st century.

The co-hosting NGOs stand with the global community in sympathy and compassion in hopes of bringing an end to a procedure that violates the inherent dignity of human beings and the universal values of personal autonomy and institutional integrity that civil societies depend upon. The other four co-hosting NGOs include Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH, USA; CAP Freedom of Conscience, France; Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants, KAEOT, S. Korea; and the Transplant Tourism Research Association, TTRA, Japan.

The themes of the six webinars are as follows:

The profit-based practice in China is now being tackled by the five non-profit organizations. The speakers, alarmed by credible independent and public investigations, including the China Tribunal and United Nations experts and rapporteurs, wish to see an end to forced live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, and Christians in China.

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2019 Asia Symposium on Combatting Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

On Nov. 30, 2019, a group of nine scholars and experts in medicine, law and bioethics from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Canada convened in University of Tokyo for the Asia Symposium on “Combating Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism.” The participating experts unraveled their discussion of the theme from the basis that last year saw the eleventh anniversary of the original Declaration of Istanbul (2008). The Symposium was organized jointly by Japan’s Transplant Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and SMG Network, Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT), as well as Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants (KAEOT), Korean Bar Association, and SSK (Social Science Korea) Human Rights Forum.

The speakers of this Asia Symposium each shared their research and thoughts about the status of implementation after amending the relevant law, the key points of advocating for amendment, or urging their parliament to legislate or amend laws to prevent their patients from buying illegally sourced organs for transplantation in China. The organizers have compiled all the articles of the Symposium and now present them in the e-book form for public review. We welcome your comments, and with this collection, we hope to truly reveal the truth about the gravest crime against humanity of this century.

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