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DHR's initiative led to the development of a WMA statement designed to prevent doctors who have committed inhumane crimes from practising medicine
In 1996 DHR became aware of doctors alleged to have taken part in the genocide in Rwanda continuing to practising medicine having fled to other countries such as France. DHR contacted the secretary of WMA. As a result of some lobbying and of measures such as facilitatimg a debate among medical human rights organisations internationally the World Medical Association’s adopted of the following BMA sponsored resolution at 49th General Assembly in Hamburg in November 1997:

“National medical associations should use their own licensing powers to ensure that physicians against whom serious allegations of participation in torture war crimes or crimes against humanity have been made are not able to obtain licences to practise until they have satisfactorily answered these allegations. National medical associations that do not have licensing powers should inform the appropriate licensing authorities of information they receive regarding physicians against whom serious allegations of participation in torture war crimes or crimes against humanity have been made , and should encourage the licensing authorities to take appropriate actions to ensure that such physicians have satisfactorily answered these allegations before granting the licenses to practise. Where evidence of involvement in abuses is compelling national member associations or licensing authorities should draw such evidence to the attention of the appropriate authorities.”


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