Sri Lankan Colleagues at Risk Event in Toronto: Be There!

For PHR members in Canada, we’d like to extend an invitation to an important meeting in Toronto on the case of three Sri Lankan doctors detained earlier this year:

Human Rights, Politics and the Hippocratic Oath:

Exploring Physicians' Roles in Conflict Situations

Monday November 2

5:30-9:00 pm

Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

Munk Centre for International Studies

University of Toronto’s St. George Campus

1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

T. Sathiyamoorthy, MD, V. Shanmugarajah, MD and T. Varatharajah, MD were government-employed physicians detained without charge after saving thousands of lives during the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. This panel discussion will focus on the circumstances around their cases, and explore the concepts of medical neutrality and ethical duty to patients during war. Panelists will also touch on the broader themes of press freedom, detention without charge, and human rights violations as they pertain to the doctors’ story.Speakers Include:

  • James Orbinski BSc, MSc, MA, MD
  • Sharryn Aiken BA, LLB
  • Craig Scott BA, LLM, LLB


  • Meera Selvakone BSc, MD, CCFP
  • John Argue, Amnesty International Canada

Sponsored by:

  • Save the Doctors Campaign
  • Amnesty International Canada

Co-sponsored by:

  • Centre for South Asian Studies
  • Asian Institute

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