IBAHRI and ATI pen letter to Turkey’s President condemning conviction of 11 medical professionals

IBAHRI and ATI pen letter to Turkey’s President condemning conviction of 11 medical professionals

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute(IBAHRI), in conjunction with the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), has written to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the conviction of 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) Central Council on terrorism charges.

Signed by the IBAHRI Co-Chairs, the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG and Anne Ramberg Dr jur hc, and the Director of the Anti-Torture Initiative Juan E Méndez, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, the letter, sent on 17 May, expresses particular concern about the adverse impact of these prosecutions on the impartiality of the medical profession and the human right to health, as well as the general state of freedom of expression in Turkey.

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