Anyone linked with trafficking human organs will be punishable under new convention

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 01 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1756
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Healthcare professionals are at the heart of a new international move launched by the Council of Europe to stamp out the illicit removal of human organs. The United Kingdom and 13 other countries became the first to sign up to the Strasbourg based organisation’s Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs when it was opened for signature in Santiago de Compostela on 25 March.

The convention, once incorporated into countries’ domestic law, criminalises illicit organ trading even when there is no human trafficking. It provides for a raft of new offences and places special emphasis on support for victims. It is the first international treaty empowering countries to deal specifically with …

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