Improving and protecting health

Human rights

human rightsHuman rights and medical practice are rooted in fundamental principles including respect, dignity, fairness and equality. The BMA has always advocated the highest standards of human rights in healthcare, both for clinicians and patients.

Most recently, we have spoken out against the detention of Canadian nationals in Egypt, the force-feeding of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the recommencement of executions by lethal injection in Vietnam and breaches of medical neutrality in Turkey and Bahrain.

Why we intervene

BMA procedures for human rights interventions, drawn up with advice from Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross, explains the BMA's criteria for intervening in alleged abuses of human rights.

ArrowRead the BMA procedures for human rights interventions (PDF)