Statement on the Participation of Health Personnel in the Death Penalty

Index Number: ACT 50/021/2008

This statement is a revision of a declaration first adopted by Amnesty International in 1981. While Amnesty International’s principled position has remained unchanged, the text was revised in 1988 and 2008 in the light of further developments on the issue. Under both international law and medical ethics, health professionals must never wilfully participate in the torture of prisoners or detainees nor in any other conduct that constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

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