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Turkish police clash with protestors following the arrest of members of a medical association that spoke out against Turkey's military offensive into an enclave in northwest Syria on January 30, 2018 in Ankara. Authorities on January 30 detained eight members of the Turkish Medical Association's (TTB) central council who had denounced Ankara's military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, state media reported. Authorities issued 11 arrest warrants for council's members, eight of whom were detained, including the association's head Rasit Tukel, state-run news agency Anadolu said. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

World Medical Association condemns detention of doctors in Turkey

World Medical Association condemns detention of doctors in Turkey

The World Medical Association condemned the detention of 11 doctors in Turkey who released a statement against the invasion attack in Afrin.
World Medical Association (WMA) has condemned the operation launched against Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Central Council members.
The WMA’s statement is as follows:
“The WMA fully supports our Turkish colleagues in their public statements that war is a public health problem. The WMA has a clear policy that physicians and national medical associations should alert governments to the human consequence of warfare and armed conflicts.
“The Turkish Medical Association has a duty to support human rights and peace and we are alarmed about the latest arrests and the criminal complaint. We strongly denounce these attacks on freedom of expression, which is enshrined in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that Turkey ratified in 2003.
“We call on the Turkish authorities to immediately release the physician leaders and to end the campaign of intimidation. We urge national medical associations around the world to advocate for the full respect of Turkey’s humanitarian and human rights obligations, including the right to health, freedom of association and expression.”

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