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Medical evidence exposes US use of torture

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1458
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Suspected terrorists held at US detention facilities were “systematically subjected to torture and ill treatment,” says a detailed medical and psychological evaluation of former detainees conducted by Physicians for Human Rights.

The findings were announced last week at a press conference at the BMA, where investigators from the organisation described how they uncovered “medical evidence of torture and ill treatment inflicted on 11 men detained at US facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay who were never charged with any crime.”

A report of their investigations details the “severe physical and psychological pain and long-term disability that has resulted from abusive and unlawful US interrogation practices.”

BMJ TV interviews trauma therapist Christian Pross, whose assessment of the detainees forms part of the …

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