Hospitals in Syria have become instruments of suppression, says Amnesty

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6947
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Intimidation of medical staff by the Syrian government is deterring people injured during protests from seeking help and turning hospitals into instruments of repression, says a report by Amnesty International.

The report, which is based on extensive interviews with medical staff and patients, provides evidence that Syrian protestors wounded while demonstrating against the government have been subjected to torture and other ill treatment, including by medical staff, in at least four state hospitals.

Since the uprising began in March, the report says, “Syrian security officials have had ready access to state run hospitals and are reported to have intimidated health professionals working within them and on …

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