The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade recently heard evidence on the harvesting and trafficking in human organs. Lorcan Roche reports for the August/September Gazette.
Addressing organ tourismThe Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs met on 6 July to discuss organ harvesting in China. Committee chair Brendan Smith welcomed a number of witnesses, including Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, Ethan Gutmann, Dr Enver Tohti Bughda, Dr James McDaid, Dr Conall O'Seaghdha and Ms Dongxue Dai.
Urging the Irish Government to ban ‘organ tourism’, Chinese doctor Enver Tohti said that his aim, and those of the other witnesses, was to see legislation introduced in Ireland that would ban people from travelling abroad to avail of transplant operations where organs had been obtained illegally or inhumanely.