Recommendations of the CP concerning Doctors, Ethics, and Torture
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Statement of Madrid
Recommendations of the CP concerning Doctors, Ethics, and Torture


Creación: Comité permanente de médicos europeos (Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens, Standing Committee of European Doctors, CPME)
Fuente: Comité permanente de médicos europeos
Lengua original: Inglés.
Copyright del original inglés: No
Adopción: 1989
Traducción castellana: No
Comprobado el 16 de mayo de 2002

 


Statement of Madrid
Recommendations of the CP concerning Doctors, Ethics, and Torture

Having taken into consideration the recommendations of the international meeting on Doctors, Ethics, and Torture held in Copenhagen on 23 August 1986, the Plenary Assembly of the Standing Committee of Doctors of the European Communities meeting in Madrid on 24-25 November 1989, deliberated the problems faced by doctors and the organized medical profession in countries where torture is or has been employed.

The Plenary Assembly of the Standing Committee of Doctors of the EC agreed:

- to urge all national medical associations which have not yet done so to ratify, publicise, and implement the Tokyo Declaration (Guidelines for Medical Doctors Concerning Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in relation to Detention and Imprisonment) adopted by the World Medical Association in 1975 as the definitive statement of the position of the medical profession on this topic;

- to urge the inclusion and integration in the medical educational curricula of information about the existence of this problem and instruction in the ethical responsibilities and regulations by which the doctor is bound and to which he may refer when objected to pressure to act contrary to the best ethical principles of the medical profession;

- to urge all national governments which have not yet done so to ratify and implement the United Nations declaration of 1982 and other relevant international declarations on this topic;

- to urge all scientific and professional medical bodies and the profession in all countries to incorporate the principles of the Tokyo Declaration into their statutes, and all other relevant documents, including a principle stating that a doctor shall never participate -directly or indirectly and even by his own presence- in a process or accept a procedure of any nature assigned to violate the physical or mental integrity of a person or the human dignity.

- to urge the establishment of an international reporting system regarding ethical infractions within the profession in this respect and to publicise information about the existence of torture and to urge that similar educational measures be taken for all health professions and police and military personnel, and to encourage and support research against torture and for treatment of the victims of torture, and

- to urge that international support be given by the profession to colleagues who take action to resist the involvement of doctors in such procedures and to mount an international protest against any efforts to hinder the profession in attempts to uphold the highest ethical principles of physicians.


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