3194.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

The Epidemiology of Human Rights Abuses

Human right abuses are traditionally reported on a case-by-case basis and have not necessarily represented a major cause of morbidity or mortality in complex political emergencies. Until recently, population-based studies of the incidence of human rights violations might not have been justified. During the past decade, however, wars in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosova, and Chechnya have been accompanied by violations of human rights on a massive scale. To address this emerging public health problem, a number of surveys have been conducted in an attempt to establish methods for estimating the occurrence of human rights abuses in a population. In this session, the results of surveys done in Kosova and Chechnya, and a discussion of human rights abuses in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, will be presented and discussed. The usefulness and limitations of these studies will be discussed. The applicability of traditional public health survey methods to estimate the consequences of political persecution will be discussed. In addition, the balance between the need for careful, scientific analysis and rapid, forceful advocacy based on preliminary results will also be presented for discussion
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Panelist(s):Vincent Iacopino, MD
Organizer(s):Victor Penchaszadeh, MD
4:30 PMEstablishing Health Services in Chiapas, Mexico
Paula Brentlinger, MD
4:45 PMHuman Rights Abuses in Refugees from Chechnya
Doug Ford, JD
5:00 PMA Population-based Survey of Human Rights Abuses in Kosovar Refugees in Macedonia and Albania
Ronald Waldman, MD,, MPH
Sponsor:International Health
Cosponsors:Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Environment; Epidemiology; Latino Caucus; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA