Amnesty fears for safety of doctors who reported on Sri Lanka hospital attack

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 21 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2105
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Three doctors who were working in the Tamil no fire zone at the end of the siege and who alerted the outside world to the bombardment of their hospital have disappeared amid mounting concern for their wellbeing.

    Amnesty International fears that “they may be held in reprisal for providing information about civilians in the conflict zone between government forces and the Tamil Tigers, and is now deeply concerned over their safety.”

    The three are Thangamutha Sathiyamoorthy, regional director of health services in Kilinochchi, V Shanmugarajah, medical superintendent at Mullivaaykkaal field hospital, and Thurairaja Varatharajah, regional director of health services in Mullaitivu, who apparently sustained bullet wounds to his shoulder. Sri Lankan forces …

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