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Session: War, Conflict, Refugees, and Detainees: Ethical and Human Rights Issues
4219.0: Tuesday, November 07, 2006: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
War, Conflict, Refugees, and Detainees: Ethical and Human Rights Issues
This session will review and analyze human rights issues and professional ethics obligations of health care providers during a time of war who have allegedly participated in interrogation of detainees, including sharing of confidential information with interrogators, who used information for coercion/ and or punishment. Medical professionals have also been allegedly involved with force feeding of prisoners who were on hunger strikes, using aggressive restraint systems, and without heeding the principles of informed consent. Reports from human rights groups indicate that some health care professionals have been complicit in abusive treatment. The session will review recent reports by international human rights groups and the American Medical Association's position on torture, which states, “Physicians must oppose torture and must not participate in torture for any reason.”, “physicians must not be present when torture is used or threatened”, and that “physicians should not treat individuals to verify their health so that torture can begin or continue.” Health professionals have an obligation to preserve the health and dignity of all human beings, and must always act in the best interests of patients. This responsibility to the patient may come into direct conflict when health care professionals are answering to government authorities, placing the health care worker in an untenable position.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to: 1. Describe the relationship between health and human rights violations, 2. Identify the nature and consequences of human rights abuses; 3. Analyze the problems of physician dual loyalty, interrogations, hunger strikes and due process
Moderator(s):Dwayne Turner, PhD, JD, MPH
2:30 PMPanel: Public Health Advocacy at Guantánamo Bay  [ Recorded presentation ]
Sondra S. Crosby, MD, Julie H. Levison, MD, M Phil, Michael Grodin, MD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Ethics Forum
Endorsed by:Health Law Forum; Maternal and Child Health; Occupational Health and Safety; Peace Caucus; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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