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BMA pushes for Chinese Medical Association to condemn medical abuse of Uyghurs

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 05 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1031
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The World Medical Association (WMA) has called for the Chinese Medical Association to recognise and denounce the medical involvement in severe human rights violations against Uyghur people and other minorities in China, in a motion passed by council at a meeting in Nairobi late last month.

The motion will now be sent to the WMA’s general assembly in Kigali, Rwanda, for adoption in October.

Last August, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report warning that large numbers of people from Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim communities in Xinjiang, China, had been detained and abused. It also said there were credible allegations of torture or ill treatment, including forced medical treatment and sexual and gender-based violence.1

In 2021 a UK tribunal, chaired by leading international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Nice, concluded that China was guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in its treatment of its Uyghur minority, and that there was strong evidence that the Muslim minority in Xinjiang had been …

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