No nation is free of organ trafficking, say speakers at Vatican summit

(CNS) No country is immune to the trafficking of organs, which has become a global problem that demands a concerted and cooperative response, said a number of speakers at a Vatican summit.

To encourage nations to create, tighten or implement legal and ethical best practices for organ donation, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences brought together government ministers, judges, law enforcement personnel, medical professionals, human rights activists and journalists on February 7-8.

While much media attention focused on the Vatican inviting officials from China, which has been criticized by human rights groups for harvesting organs from executed prisoners, the Vatican also invited representatives from more than 50 nations, especially those plagued by organ trafficking, including Mexico, India, Pakistan and Iran – where the sale of human organs is legal. [More]