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Medical News and Perspectives
December 24 2008

Medical Personnel’s Role in US Detainees’ Interrogations Questioned

JAMA. 2008;300(24):2844-2845. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.853

Individuals held at the US detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, may have been subjected to unethical and possibly illegal mistreatment and face long-term health and other consequences after their release, according to a report by human rights experts at the University of California, in Berkeley. In some cases, the report alleges, medical personnel may have been involved in such abuse.

The report, which was released in November by the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center and the International Human Rights Law Clinic, was based on interviews with 62 former detainees in 9 countries, who were held at the camp sometime between 2002 and 2007. The investigators also interviewed 50 government officials, military experts, lawyers for detainees, interrogators, and other military and civilian personnel who worked with detainees (

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