Minitrue: Executed Will No Longer Be “Organ Donors”

The following instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Regarding the matter of China abolishing organ donation from death row inmates as of January 1, all websites in all locals are not to hype the issue and must close comment sections. (December 4, 2014)

各地各网站,明年一月一日起我国取消死囚器官捐献一事不炒作,关闭评论。 [Chinese]

Dr. , former vice minister of and the director of China’s organ donation program, announced the deadline for the use of organs from executed prisoners in transplants. Dr. Huang noted that China has 0.6 organ donors for every milllion citizens, compared to 37 per one million citizens in Spain. The United States had 14,256 organ donors in 2013, about 45 donors for every million citizens.

In 2012, CDT’s Josh Rudolph spoke with Caixin editor Ren Bo about organ donation.

Read more about organ transplantation from CDT.

真Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.