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Amnesty highlights doctors' duty to report torture

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1377

Amnesty International is calling on the World Health Organisation and other international medical associations to take a more proactive stance in combating human rights abuses. In a report drawing examples from 12 countries, the human rights organisation concludes that doctors have a duty to report and oppose torture or other ill treatment wherever they find it, even at personal risk to themselves.

Amnesty criticises current international codes of conduct, such as the World Medical Association's Declaration of …

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