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The Use of Physicians for Human Torture

Islamic Medical Association of North America

6 July, 2005

The Islamic Medical Association of North America is opposed to the use of physicians for torture of inmates irrespective of their faith, race, gender, nationality or alleged crime. Thus IMANA recommends that its members and all Muslim physicians not participate in the delivery of inhumane treatment, lethal injection, non-surgical amputation or torture of inmates by any means when ordered by their employers, government or private agencies or on their own. When asked to do so, not only they should refuse to comply but also notify Human Rights organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights.

Muslim physicians are reminded that they are to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human life and be instrument of God's healing and compassion. They are further reminded that they will be held accountable to God for their actions in this life.

Shahid Athar, MD,FACP, FACE
Chair, Medical Ethics Committee,
Chair, Board of Regents.

Islamic Medical Association of North America
101 West 22nd Street, Suite 106
Lombard, IL 60148
Tel: 630-932-2000
Fax: 630-932-2005


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