A UN agency suggests that it is
But waterboarding is the most psychologically harmful
... but defers to his Secretary of Defense, who does not believe in it
He seems to have retreated from earlier enthusiasm for waterboarding
Australia’s asylum seeker policies have been subject to intense international scrutiny – even in the world of bioethics.
No matter how low the ethical bar is set, doctors cannot be complicit
Article in PLoS concludes with call to respect conscientious objection
The leadership of the American Psychological Association implicated.
Three bioethicists who give a tick to torture.
Two psychologists contracted by the CIA to create enhanced interrogation techniques for al-Qaeda detainees have come under fire for violating human rights and medical ethics.
Human rights activist Leonard Rubenstein has called for the release of a report on CIA torture which sheds light on doctors' participation.
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.
How can we ensure that doctors resist pressure to participate in unethical activities?
The US military came under fire this week for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.
Can Saudi Arabia find a doctor willing to participate in a punishment which involves paralyzing a convicted criminal?
A new United Nations report frames number of bioethical questions as issues of torture, giving a new twist to a number of controversial issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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