China Admits: 65% of Organ "Donations" Come From Death Row Prisoners
The Chinese Government admitted today that up to 65% of their organ “donations” come from death row prisoners.
The BBC reported:
Human rights groups have often criticised China for its lack of transparency over organ donation, but critics have focused particular concern on the use of body parts from executed prisoners.
In a rare admission of the extent to which this takes place, China Daily – citing unnamed experts – said on Wednesday that more than 65% of organ donations come from death row prisoners.
China executes more people than any other country. Amnesty International said at least 1,718 people were given the death penalty in 2008.
British surgeons accused China in 2006 of harvesting the organs of thousands of executed prisoners a year to sell for transplants.