HONG KONG – state media and Chinese newspapers pro-Beijing Hong Kong said Friday an international conference transplant bodies in Hong Kong showed that China’s transplant system, which for decades used organs from executed prisoners, had global support.
This assertion was disputed Friday afternoon by the President of the Transplantation Society, a nongovernmental organization based in Montreal, which had organized the meeting .
In a conference session Thursday , several Chinese leaders specialist doctors – including Dr. Huang Jiefu, former deputy minister of health; Dr. Zheng Shusen a transplant surgeon Zhejiang University; and Dr. Chen Jingyu, a surgeon transplant People’s Hospital in Wuxi – spoke of “a new era” of organ transplants in China, according to the program and several people who attended the event, which was not open the media [
China says it stopped using organs from executed prisoners on 1 January 2015, but doubts persist.
“Scholars say that this meeting special organ transplant in China shows that the world of Chinese organ transplant has been truly accepted by the Transplantation Society,” said the Global Times, a Chinese state newspaper. Similar reports were published by the Wen Wei Po in Hong Kong and Ta Kung Pao.
Speaking at a press conference Friday , president of the society, Dr. Philip J. O’Connell, denied.
Dr. O’Connell told reporters that he had told Chinese presenters at the session Thursday that the practice of their country during decades of use of the organs of executed prisoners he had horrified the world.
Many medical groups and international human rights organizations oppose the use of organs from prisoners for reasons that can not consent freely. Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997, but does not practice capital punishment and has an organ donation system separate from the mainland.
“It is important to understand that the world community is appalled by the practices that the Chinese have joined in the past,” said Dr. O’Connell, told them.
“As a result of these practices, Chinese transplant centers have allowed a scathing political opposition to his government to prosper,” he said.
Although Dr. O’Connell did not name any group, which may have been referring to Falun Gong, a spiritual movement that is outlawed in China and accusing the Chinese authorities extraction bodies of its members. Many of its practitioners have been imprisoned since 1999, when a large meditation exercise that took place in front of the party’s Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing caught off guard leaders.
Speaking to journalists Friday , Dr. O’Connell said “no one could interpret” what he told the Chinese representatives in the sense of that his system was “truly accepted by the Transplantation Society.”
“So you can say that, but that’s not what the truth is,” he added.
Also at the press conference Friday , Dr. Jeremy Chapman, former president of the society, said a document given in Thursday meeting may have violated the rules of society that no organs from executed prisoners be used in research.
Dr. Chapman did not name the presenter, but several people who attended identified him as Dr. Zheng, the transplant surgeon Zhejiang University. Attempts to contact Dr. Zheng Friday were unsuccessful.
arrived on WeChat, an application of social media, Dr. Huang, former deputy health minister who has been overseeing the transition from transplant system in China away from using organs prisoners, said Dr. Zheng had already returned to Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province.
Repeating that society demanded that China stop completely the use of organs from prisoners, Dr. Chapman said, “The material presented by one of the presenters at the first session was, in my opinion, unable to be installed within the confines of that. “
” I have already mentioned that the Chinese government representatives who were at the meeting. I hope to investigate, “he said, adding that the Transplantation Society also investigated.
If his suspicions proved true, said Dr. Chapman, “So be named and shamed, and will be excluded from our meetings always -. And since the publication in magazines transplant”
Courtesy: International New York Times