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DOCTORS’ ORDERS

08-09-2009

Close Gitmo

The US-based Physicians for Human Rights group claims doctors employed at Guanatanamo Bay and other detention centres may have been engaged in “human experimentation” by taking part in CIA-inspired “torture”. Dr David Nicholl demands that guidelines are enforced.

Further revelations that the CIA used doctors extensively while subjecting “war on terror” detainees to torture should act as a wake-up call for the international medical community.

In 2006 I, along with over 260 other physicians, reported in The Lancet the abuses that were occurring in Guantánamo as a result of force-feeding prisoners at the camp.

Amongst other things, restrained prisoners had feeding pipes forced into nasal passages, a practice condemned by Amnesty International. Despite this, several Guantánamo doctors were later awarded medals “for inspiring leadership and exemplary performance”.

In 2007 myself and numerous other medical health professionals accused the American Medical Association (AMA) of itself being complicit in this abuse by failing to take action against an AMA doctor involved in such deeply unethical behaviour.

To date no doctor has been investigated, still less struck off, for misconduct in the “war on terror”.

The current international medical ethical guidelines, which were developed as a direct consequence of the Nuremberg trials, are not worth the paper they are written on unless and until bodies such as the AMA boot the torturers out of their organisations.

(This article also appears as a letter in today’s Guardian)

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