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Medical project investigating torture gets under way

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:890
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    Senior figures from the World Medical Association have met doctors and lawyers in Mexico, Uganda, and Georgia as part of a project that aims to improve the investigation and documentation of torture around the world.

    The talks were an early step in a programme initiated by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims to implement the Istanbul Protocol, a United Nations backed document that provides legal and medical guidelines for recording individual cases of torture.

    Torture is a regular occurrence in up to 100 countries, including some that have signed the 1987 United …

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