Medical Investigation and Documentation of Torture: A Handbook for Health Professionals

University of Essex / FCO

122 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2009 Last revised: 14 Apr 2009

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Michael Peel

Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture

Noam Lubell

University of Essex - School of Law

Jonathan Beynon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 22, 2009

Abstract

This Handbook is primarily aimed at raising awareness of relevant medical ethical, legal and professional standards of the many health professionals who would wish to do the most conscientious job, with a view to helping victims of torture and contributing to efforts to eliminate the practice. The key task is to establish the most scientifically valid documentation concerning possible torture of individuals, consistent with the often difficult conditions under which the work sometimes has to be undertaken. It is inspired by The Istanbul Protocol, approved by United Nations bodies, which lays down the best professional standards for physicians working in the field. Yet it recognises that not all health professionals called on to do the work will have extensive experience in this field and it presents the material in a way that aims to be accessible to all these professionals. Guidance is given in the general skills of interviewing, as well as the medical examination and documentation. In addition to the relevant ethical and legal principles, the Handbook also points to sources of advice for those who wish to further their knowledge or gain support and advice on particular situations.

Keywords: human rights, medical ethics, torture, detention

JEL Classification: k33

Suggested Citation

Peel, Michael and Lubell, Noam and Beynon, Jonathan, Medical Investigation and Documentation of Torture: A Handbook for Health Professionals (March 22, 2009). University of Essex / FCO. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1366717

Michael Peel

Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture

111 Isledon Road
London, N7 7JW
United Kingdom

Noam Lubell (Contact Author)

University of Essex - School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

Jonathan Beynon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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