Turkish doctors tackle human rights crisis

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:347

The incidence of human rights violations in Turkey has reached crisis point and health professionals are in the front line, according to a report from Amnesty International. The report claims that widespread intimidation of health workers by security forces has led to severely depleted health services in the south east, which are inadequate for the needs of a traumatised civilian population.

Publication of the report coincides with the launch of a campaign by Amnesty to draw international attention to human rights violations in Turkey. The Kurdish Workers' Party has been engaged in an armed uprising in the mainly Kurdish south east since 1984, …

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