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ISN joins Vatican call against organ trafficking and transplant tourism

n February 7 and 8, 2017, ISN participated to the Summit of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism in Vatican City. ISN fully endorsed the Summit’s Statement, which calls on all religious, political and social leaders, national and international legislators to recognize that organ and human trafficking for organ removal are ‘true crimes against humanity.’

The ISN was present in multiple capacities at this meeting held under the direction of the Pope and facilitated by Dr. Frances Delmonico. Joining ISN President Adeera Levin were ISN Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) members John Gill and Somchai Eng as well as other ISN members representing their regional and local constituencies. for the full list of attendants, CLICK HERE.

They were also accompanied by representatives from the United Nations, the World health Organization (WHO) as well as human rights lawyers, advocacy groups, justice and ministry representatives, members of the Vatican and the media.

Commenting on the Summit’s outcome, Levin stated: ‘ISN, as one of the signatories of this important Statement, is particularly committed to resolve to combat these crimes against humanity through comprehensive efforts that involve all stakeholders around the world. As a member of the Custodian Group of the Istanbul Declaration on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, ISN will continue to fight and condemn these crimes and hold those involved accountable’

The Statement will guide specific jurisdictions to develop concrete plans to combat organ trafficking, through an integrated approach. This would include identifying and preventing efforts to delay the progression of organ failure (kidney disease specifically)and obviate the need for renal replacement therapy; equitable, sustainable access to renal replacement therapy, including the promotion of transplantation, and increased efforts to support deceased and living donation according to ethical standards.

The signatories of the Statement of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism including Dr. Adeera Levin, President of ISN

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