China admits prisoners' organs used

China has admitted using organs from executed prisoners on Wednesday, but says the practice is strictly regulated and happens only in exceptional cases

China admits prisoners' organs used

China has admitted using organs fromexecuted prisoners on Wednesday, but says the practice is strictly regulatedand happens only in exceptional cases.

 Humanrights groups have said that many organs in China - including thosetransplanted into wealthy foreigners - come from executed prisoners who may nothave given their permission.

 

 

Theofficial Xinhua news agency quoted an unidentified official from the Supreme People'sCourt as saying that "the main source of organs for transplant in Chinais voluntary donation by deceased citizens in accordance with their lastwills".

 

 

Theofficial said there were strict restrictions on the use of organs of executedcriminals, and such cases were "quite exceptional".

Highdemand

Rightsgroups say China'stransplant business is profit-driven with little regard for medical ethics.

Voluntarydonations remain far below demand in China, partly because of culturalbiases against organ removal before burial.

Chinesetransplant specialists have estimated as much as 99 per cent oftransplanted organs come from executed prisoners, according to a report byAmnesty International last year.

Theofficial said organs of executed criminals were used for transplants only when"the criminals have voluntarily expressed the wish to donate their organs… or their families have given consent to such usage".

'Nodifference'

"Thereis no difference in the procedures of body or organ donation between deceasedordinary citizens and executed criminals," the official said.

State mediareported in November that Chinaplanned to tighten its organ transplant rules to prevent patients beingabused.  

AmnestyInternational says Chinaexecuted at least 1,770 people in 2005 - about 80 per cent of the world'stotal.

China has not revealed the number ofexecutions it carries out.

Source:Agencies

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