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The Lancet: Truth and torture in the war on terror

November 30, 2019 By George J Annas The Report, Scott Z Burns new thriller, adopts one of two conflicting narratives about post-9/11 torture by the USA. The “Cheney–Brennan narrative” is that torture is a “black art” that must be deployed in national security emergencies to save lives. The counter narrative, the human rights and science-based ...

Go See The Report, Then Let’s Put Torture to Bed For Good

By Sondra Crosby, Brig. Gen, (Ret.) David R. Irvine, Christian Meissner, and Scott Roehm It was five years ago next month that the Senate intelligence committee released a 525 page redacted executive summary of the Torture Report, the name by which its 6,700 page study of the CIA’s post 9/11 detention and interrogation program is now known. For a brief moment, ...

NEJM: Post-9/11 Torture at CIA “Black Sites” — Physicians and Lawyers Working Together

By George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., and Sondra S. Crosby, M.D. First published: June 11, 2015 In December 2014, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture was released to the public. The 600-page report (a redacted summary of the still-classified 6000-page report) documents in disturbing detail the use by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of ...

Oxford University Press: The Politics of Immigrant and Refugee Health in the United States

Written by Michael Grodin, Sondra Crosby and George Annas Abstract: Over 25 years of experience from the field have resulted in important lessons learned concerning how to best approach the multifaceted, complex treatment of immigrants and refugees. Continuing this work, it is important to educate medical communities about tried-and-true best practices and cultural sensitivity, as well ...

Scott Allen, MD, FACP gives Pike Lecture: Family Detention and the Duty of the Medical Profession

November 11, 2019 Dr. Scott Allen delivered the annual Pike Lecture at the Boston University School of Law in November. Dr. Allen is currently a Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Prisoner Health ...

Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

CLER Faculty and Students Report Back from the US/Mexico Border

October 24, 2019 This week, Dr. Sondra Crosby and SPH students Yareliz Diaz and Claire Corkish led a conversation about their experiences at the US-Mexico Border, the humanitarian crisis in Matamoros and Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy: “Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols – dubbed the “Remain in Mexico Policy”- have forced thousands of migrants to live ...