Although legal provisions were published in January 2015 regulating organ donation from prisoners on death row in China, in practice this has meant only that informed consent is required and that the organs obtained are labelled as voluntary donations from citizens. The inclusion of these organs in the Chinese Organ Transplant system is not evident. It seems that behind it is a government ploy to gain institutional credibility. Until such times as there is a transparent system of control open to free international inspections, the problem of organ harvesting from executed prisoners cannot be said to be resolved in China. (BioMed Central).
Organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners. The issue remains unresolved
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