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In Wake of ICRC Report, Health Professionals Must Be Held Accountable for Torture
Date:4/7/2009

Physicians for Human Rights responds to the publication of a long-secret report by International Committee of the Red Cross which concludes that health professionals who participated in interrogations in CIA secret detention centers committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases participated in torture.

Cambridge, MA (Vocus) April 7, 2009 -- The full disclosure of a confidential International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report on CIA treatment of detainees is confirmation of what Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has been alleging for years. Health professionals violated ethical duties by participating in the torture and abuse of detainees in US custody. PHR has long demanded a full investigation into the role health professionals played in detainee treatment. PHR again calls upon health professional associations to support a non-partisan commission of inquiry.

"It is time for the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and others to demand a nonpartisan commission to investigate these crimes," said Frank Donaghue, Chief Executive Officer of PHR. "The associations must sanction any of their membership found to have violated their professional ethics."

"The Bush Administration weaponized medicine by using health professionals to break the bodies and minds of detainees," stated John Bradshaw, PHR's Washington Director. "Congress must act to restore medical ethics by finally authorizing a '/>"/>

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