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273259 A review of U.S. military policy and human rights
Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:48 PM
United States military policy violates human rights in a number of ways. This presentation will describe four of them: (a) The use of armed drones to assassinate persons labeled as "terrorists", and the resultant deaths and nonfatal injuries to others; (b) diversion of human and financial resources away from programs and activities that support health, both in the United States and in other countries; (c) human rights violations related to the ongoing war in Afghanistan, including attacks on noncombatant civilians and forcing noncombatants out of their homes and communities; and (d) detention of suspected terrorists in conditions that impair their physical and mental health and abrogate their civil liberties, including their right to a speedy trial. Public health workers can influence U.S. military policy to better protect human rights.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related public policy
Keywords: Human Rights, War
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Drs. Sidel and Levy are Past-Presidents of APHA and have over 20 years experience working on issues of war, terrorism, and public health. Both have spoken and written extensively on these issues, including co-editing four books on these topics and writing approximately 50 papers and book chapters on them.
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.
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