Canadian Senate Approves Bill to Fight International Organ Trade

The Canadian Senate unanimously approved a bill on May 6 aimed at supporting the fight against international organ trade. Bill S-204 will be handed over to the House of Commons for deliberation by members of the Diet before the bill is passed.

“”[Organ trafficking] It violates the principles of fairness, justice and respect for human dignity. Let’s become a world leader in the fight against organ trade, “Senator Salma Ataurajan, who sponsors the bill, told the Senate. May 6..

“This bill was the culmination of more than 12 years of parliamentary work on the imminent issue of organ trade,” she said, referring to a previously proposed bill on this issue in past parliamentary sessions. The session has ended because an election is scheduled.

“It’s time to pass the bill,” said Senator David Richards, who filed in the Senate to support the bill.

“We have often been asked in this world to fight the darkness that threatens us, to fight the good fights. For the past four years, in this room I have seen this happen. -204 and Senator Ataurajan, I believe, are the flag bearers of such a battle, and I seek your support, “Richards said.

Bill S-204 makes it illegal for Canadians to take organs abroad without the consent of their donors and prevents people involved in forced organ removal from being accepted into Canada.

In a Senate committee reviewing the bill on April 19, Atau Rajan said to curb organ trade that is still taking place in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North Africa. Said that a bill was needed.

Testifying in front of the commission, former Parliamentarian and Secretary of State David Kilgor added that only the government was forcibly robbing prisoners of conscience of organs. It’s China.

“China is the only country in the world … China is run by the government and is not in the back alleys by malicious people,” Kilgor said. Said Senator of the committee.

Kilgor and Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas first investigated reports of organ removal of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in 2006, and the persecuted groups were domestic and international buyers. Organs are collected while the victim is alive, so they are kept fresh and the victim dies in the process.

Later, the Chinese administration’s state-approved organ removal expanded to make large-scale claims to other persecuted groups, including Uighur Muslims, researchers said.

“It’s time for Canada to join about 10 other countries that have enacted legislation on this,” said Kilgor.