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BMA condemns ill treatment of striking doctors in Sudan

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3225
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The recent arrests of doctors’ leaders in Sudan and subsequent violent attacks on protestors calling for their release have caused widespread international condemnation.

    Last week Amnesty International declared six doctors—arrested for their activities as members of a committee calling for better pay and working conditions—to be “prisoners of conscience” and warned that they are “at risk of torture or other ill treatment.”

    A BMA spokesman said that it will be writing to the Sudanese authorities “to express serious concerns about potential violations of the fundamental rights of doctors in the Sudan.”

    He said, “Sudanese doctors have been peacefully demonstrating in support of their basic employment rights, and the BMA is extremely worried …

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