International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi) joins the World Medical Association in expressing grave concern over the arrests of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).
We concur with the statement of WMA President Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, who said, in part, “The WMA fully supports our Turkish colleagues in their public statements that war is a public health problem. The WMA has clear policy that physicians and national medical associations should alert governments to the human consequence of warfare and armed conflicts.”
IPPNWi agrees that the threats of physical violence and the criminal complaint that has been made again the TMA violates the rights of free expression as enshrined in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and prevents these honourable physicians from performing the professional medical duties they are ethically required to uphold.
We join the WMA in calling on Turkish authorities to immediately release the physician leaders and end the campaign of intimidation and in asking all of our medical colleagues around the world to “advocate for the full respect of Turkey’s humanitarian and human rights obligations, including the right to health, freedom of association and expression.”
Statement issued by
Daniel Bassey, MD, Nigeria – IPPNWi Co-President
Ira Helfand, MD, United States – IPPNWi Co-President
Arun Mitra, MD, India – IPPNWi Co President
Tilman Ruff, MD, Australia – IPPNWi Co President