Do No Harm? Intelligence Ethics, Health Professionals, and the Torture Debate

Health professionals assume a duty to do no harm. Debate on this ethical obligation and its consequences has emerged in response to reports of the roles that health professionals have played in the interrogation of detainees taken into U.S. custody since 9/11.

This website, a collaboration between the International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the Center for Justice and Accountability, offers a variety of resources to help the public explore this issue and join a national debate about health ethics and torture.

Audio interviews with expert psychologists discuss the history and impact of “enhanced interrogation techniques” - including on the future role of their profession. Topical background materials examine accountability of health professionals who may be complicit in torture.

We are grateful to the individual donors to the International Human Rights Law Clinic who made this work possible. Travel support was provided by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

Eric Stover, faculty director of the Human Rights Center and adjunct professor of law and public health at Berkeley Law; and Harvey M. Weinstein, senior research fellow, Human Rights Center and clinical professor, School of Public Health provided expert consultation on this project.

 

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The Center for Justice & Accountability

When Healers Harm

Physicians for Human Rights