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Pentagon's New Medical Guidelines for Detainees May Exacerbate the Problems They Are Designed to Solve

PHR Letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Winkenwerder

For Immediate Release

Physicans for Human Rights is concerned that the Pentagon's new medical guidelines for the treatment of detainess significantly deviate from internationally accepted standards. In a letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs William Winkenwerder, PHR Executive Director Leonard Rubenstein said that the new procedures "may exacerbate the very problems they are designed to solve, possibly harming detainees and violating the rights guaranteed them under international treaties and domestic criminal law."

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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