M. A. Nurhussein, MD
Nurhussein MA. Human Rights and Medicine's Obligations. Ann Intern Med. 1993;118:476. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-118-6-199303150-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;118(6):476.
TO THE EDITOR:
Drs. Brennan and Kirschner  are to be commended for raising important issues about medical ethics and human rights violations during and after the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. The magnitude of human rights violations committed by the Iraqi occupation army and the persecution of Palestinians by the restored emirate may never be fully known. What is clear, however, is that tens of thousands of Iraqis were pulverized in the Arabian Desert to bring the Sabah family back to power. The systematic bombing of the Iraqi infrastructure, with the “collateral damage” to life and property, the uprising of the Kurds and Shiites spurred by our promises of material aid and democracy, the suppression of the uprising by Saddam's army, the continuing embargo on Iraq, with its debilitating effect on Iraqi life and health and especially on the children must also be considered in any discussion of human rights violations.
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