George Annas offers his views here on the U.S. Navy's decision to drop the discharge proceedings against the Naval nurse who refused to force-feed prisoners at Guantanamo 


Read George Annas's editorial on Medical Ethics and Human Rights in Wartime featured in the South African Medical Journal


Sondra Crosby & George Annas will present "We tortured some folks":  Physicians and Lawyers at the Post 9/11 CIA Black Sites

Friday, February 27th, 12 PM - 1 PM
Boston University School of Medicine, Keefer Auditorium

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George Annas from the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public Health was interviewed on Your Health Radio to discuss about Life at Guantanamo: the Unspoken Truth

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Boston University School of Public Health Law experts condemn physician participation in CIA interrogations

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Video of The Role of Physicians, Psychologists, and Health Care Providers in Post-9/11 Torture:  A Forum on the US Senate’s Committee Study of the CIA’s Interrogation Program

The US Senate recently released a report detailing the use of torture by the CIA.  On December 16, 2014, faculty from the Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights Department, in conjunction with Global Lawyers and Physicians, addressed this report during a special forum and discussed issues on how a medical torturer is made, national and international law on torture, the relevance of the Nuremberg Principles, applicable medical ethics standards regarding the physician’s role in torture and prison medicine,  and what health and medical-related obligations, if any, the US owes to those we tortured.

The video of the forum can be viewed here.

Note: A short background article from NEJM can also be accessed here.  Additionally, you can click here to view the Senate’s report.



On October 6, 2014, Dr. Sondra Crosby was one of the two doctors who testified that medical officials at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay acted too harshly in their treatment of a detainee who has been force-fed while on hunger strikes — at one point issuing a directive that his socks and boxer shorts be taken from him.  See the Washington Post article here to read more about this. 

Dr. Sondra Crosby is a specialist in refugee health and treating victims of torture. Her expertise has been consulted on an ongoing basis with regard to human rights violations occurring in Guantanamo.
See the article here to read more about this, as well as the government's attempt to keep the upcoming testimony away from the media and in closed court.


The Constitution Project and Global Lawyers and Physicians at Boston University School of Public Health co-sponsored a conference on the Medical Care and Medical Ethics at Guantanamo at The National Academy of Science in Washington DC on December 2, 2013.

Link to Conference's Agenda, Bios, Videos and More
Link to Conference's Summary

Read "Primary Care Management of Non–English-Speaking
Refugees Who Have Experienced Trauma" in JAMA written by Sondra Crosby.
Link to Article


Read "Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics–free Zone?" in The New England Journal of Medicine written by George Annas, Sondra Crosby and Leonard Glantz.
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Read "Physicians and Hunger Strikes in Prison:  Confrontation, Manipulation, Medicalization and Medical Ethics part 3" in World Medical Journal written by Hernan Reyes, Scott Allen and George Annas
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Medical Ethics and Practice Challenges of Hunger Strikes in US and Military Prisons Meeting in Washington DC on April 8, 2013

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Read "Physicians and Hunger Strikes in Prison:  Confrontation, Manipulation, Medicalization and Medical Ethics part 2" in World Medical Journal written by Hernan Reyes, Scott Allen and George Annas.

Global Lawyers and Physicians (GLP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that focuses on health and human rights issues.


Global Lawyers and Physicians was founded in 1996 at an international symposium on health at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors Trial. As one of the earliest and most important health and human rights documents, the Nuremberg Code was developed by lawyers and physicians working together. GLP was formed to reinvigorate the collaboration of the legal and medical/public health professions to protect the human rights and dignity of all persons. Lawyers and physicians, by virtue of their privileged position and their commitment to life, health, social justice and equality, have special obligations to all people. GLP was founded on the premise that these professions, working together transnationally, can be a much more effective force for human rights than either profession can working separately.


Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights, BUSPH