Human rights in Iraq

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6972.130b (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:130
  1. Telha Al-Shawaf,
  2. Salman Rawaf
  1. Consultant gynaecologist Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge CB3 7TR
  2. Director of clinical standards Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, Wilson Hospital, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4TP

    EDITOR,—Human rights in Iraq have been violated for decades. The fact that doctors are forced to participate in violent atrocities1 adds another dimension to the suffering of the Iraqi people and, especially, our medical colleagues. Recent reports suggest that doctors have died for disobeying orders to perform amputations and other abominations, defending their conscience and integrity. In the past and during the Iraq-Iran war Iraqi doctors were subjected to terror to force them to carry out violations of human rights on innocent people. This resulted in an exodus of doctors from …

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