They do steal children in Ukraine

Linked to our presentation in german of Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold – Switzerland.

As a result of investigation of theft of new-born children from Ukrainian maternity hospital, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold came to the conclusion that they do steal children in Ukraine (see ForUm September 2, 2005).

“I did not know whether these rumours are true. It turned out that they are and children really disappear. I am sure that they do steal children,” declared the reporter.

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold is convinced that these crimes are committed with the purpose of organ transplantation. According to her, “organs of a new-born can be transplanted to other children, but it is not the main point. Such material is suitable for skin transplantation and stem cell extraction.”

In this connection Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold intends to engage Prosecutor General of Ukraine in the investigation. PACE representative supposes that there is a “criminal system as one person is not able to manage everything.”

She also reported that during the time of her staying in Ukraine she has “cleared up five cases of disappearance” from Kharkov maternity hospital. According to her, “such case happened in different cities of Ukraine – Lvov, Kiev, Kharkov.”

PACE reporter underlined that she came to Ukraine “by official invitation of President Victor Yushchenko”, and “it is evidence of his desire to make the investigation public.”

Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold reported that “Council of Europe is ready to support Ukraine.” In her opinion, in order to solve the problem of illegal adoption and children kidnapping, it is needed to find the guilty, to change regulations in maternity hospitals, to increase parents’ responsibility, as is customary in Europe. She considers that it is also necessary to cooperate “with international organizations, which are familiar with such problems – UNICEF, OSCE, International Migration Organization.”

See same on MosNews: European Official Claims Newborn Babies Stolen in Ukraine, Created: 02.09.2005 – A probe launched by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe found that newborn babies had been stolen from Ukrainian maternity homes, PACE rapporteur Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold said Friday, RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

I am convinced that newborns were stolen, she told the Kommersant-Ukraine daily. The official said she did not initially know how true the baby theft claims were, but later saw evidence suggesting babies really were taken away at birth.

Mangold intends to involve the Ukrainian general prosecutor personally in the investigation.

During her stay in Ukraine from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, Mangold studied five cases of baby thefts at maternity home No. 6 in Kharkov. But she said similar instances had happened in other Ukrainian cities.

Earlier this week, PACE said it was probing allegations of newborns being stolen for organ removal in Ukraine. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe arrived in the former Soviet republic to oversee the probe.

The visit came as prosecutors in Ukraine were examining the accusations that three babies were stolen from mothers at Maternity Hospital No. 6 in Kharkov. Activist Tayana Zakharova said she feared the infants had been stolen for organ removal. People are afraid to even give birth now, Kharkov activist Tatyana Zakharova told BBC News.

The hospital denied the allegations.

The alleged baby thefts attracted attention in Europe after authorities alerted PACE to newspaper advertisements in Moldova encouraging single mothers to sell a child for $3′687, UPI news agency reported.

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