Action needed on US doctors’ involvement in torture
Human rights activist Leonard Rubenstein has called for the release of a report on CIA torture which sheds light on doctors' participation.
Experts slam doctors in War on Terror
An independent report has highlighted ongoing violations of medical ethics at Guantánamo Bay and called on the Department of Defense (DoD) and the medical community, to conform to ethical principles.
Educating pressure resistant medicos
How can we ensure that doctors resist pressure to participate in unethical activities?
Force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay condemned
The US military came under fire this week for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.
Saudi court sentences man to be paralysed as retribution for assault
Can Saudi Arabia find a doctor willing to participate in a punishment which involves paralyzing a convicted criminal?
UN report reframes bioethics as anti-torture ethic
A new United Nations report frames number of bioethical questions as issues of torture, giving a new twist to a number of controversial issues.
UK doctor struck off for failing to protect Iraqi detainees
A British Army doctor was deregistered in the UK in December for failing to treat an Iraqi man who had been tortured by British troops and for failing to protect vulnerable detainees.
The danger of being a doctor in a war zone
Dr Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, secretary-general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, was shot and killed two weeks ago on a highway near Damascus.
Report slams Israeli doctors’ complicity in torture
Some Israeli doctors have cooperated in the torture and mistreatment of prisoners, according to a report by two human rights organisations, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and the Public Committee against Torture in Israel. Their claims are based on more than 100 cases of ill treatment of Palestinian detainees since 2007.
Bringing doctors who torture to justice
Doctors who participate in state-sponsored torture should be pursued with civil litigation, says an editorial in The Lancet. Although doctors have become an integral part of contemporary systems of torture, with techniques like such as cramped conﬁnement, dietary manipulation, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding, they almost never appear in the dock. Research shows that only 56 doctors anywhere have been punished for complicity in torture or crimes against humanity between 1945 and 2009.
“Somebody’s gotta do it”
Doctors who participate in torture and capital punishment are unlikely to be hailed as role models for their colleagues.
Investigate medical complicity in Gitmo torture, say doctors
In the continuing debate over mistreatment and torture at Guantanamo Bay, the journal PLoS Medicine has alleged that medical doctors and mental health professionals from the US Department of Defense concealed or failed to document medical evidence of intentional harm of nine detainees.
Is it ethical to use shock treatments for disruptive individuals?
Concerns raised over Boston school’s treatments for autism and behavioural problems
Texas psychologist faces licence loss for designing torture regime
Techniques included sexual humiliation and waterboarding.
CIA doctors did torture research on detainees, group claims
CIA doctors conducted research on detainees, group claims
What about more mundane forms of torture?
What about nursing home scandals?
No more violations of human rights, say US psychologists
Call for investigation of doctors and psychologists who participated in torture