Action needed on US doctors’ involvement in torture

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2014 |
tags: harm, 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

Michael Cook | 09 November 2013 |
tags: Guantanamo Bay, torture, 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

Michael Cook | 09 November 2013 |
tags: medical education, torture
How can we ensure that doctors resist pressure to participate in unethical activities?

Force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay condemned

Xavier Symons | 19 April 2013 |
tags: force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, torture
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

Michael Cook | 06 April 2013 |
tags: mutilation, Saudi Arabia, torture
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

Michael Cook | 09 March 2013 |
tags: bioethics, torture
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

Michael Cook | 07 February 2013 |
tags: military ethics, torture
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

Jared Yee | 11 February 2012 |
tags: human dignity, torture
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

Michael Cook | 12 November 2011 |
tags: Israel, 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

Michael Cook | 05 November 2011 |
tags: torture
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”

Jared Yee | 21 May 2011 |
tags: bioethics, torture
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

Michael Cook | 07 May 2011 |
tags: torture
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?

16 March 2011 |
tags: torture
Concerns raised over Boston school’s treatments for autism and behavioural problems

Texas psychologist faces licence loss for designing torture regime

Michael Cook | 21 November 2010 |
tags: torture
Techniques included sexual humiliation and waterboarding.

CIA doctors did torture research on detainees, group claims

Michael Cook | 11 June 2010 |
tags: torture, war on terror
CIA doctors conducted research on detainees, group claims

What about more mundane forms of torture?

Michael Cook | 27 March 2010 |
tags: elder abuse, torture
What about nursing home scandals?

No more violations of human rights, say US psychologists

Michael Cook | 05 March 2010 |
tags: torture
Call for investigation of doctors and psychologists who participated in torture
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