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US doctors lobby for end to torture of terrorism suspects

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:10
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    Doctors and human rights activists in the United States have formed an alliance to help push through legislation that would outlaw extraordinary rendition, the practice of sending suspected terrorists to nations that still carry out torture during interrogation.

    Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and allied groups held a workshop in Washington, DC, this week to plan how they might lobby their elected officials to enact the new law, which was introduced last year.

    Speaking at the workshop, Steven Xenakis, a retired brigadier general and currently director of child and adolescent psychiatry …

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