Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur, Seeks Debate on Debate on Health Care Abuse

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Last Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Juan Mendez called for an international debate on health care abuse that is akin to “torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.”  Mr. Mendez, a Special Rapporteur to the United Nations, believes such a debate is necessary in light of his report to the Human Rights Council, which was released in February.  The report highlights certain abuses, including: “compulsory detention for drug users, street children, homeless individuals, and others in rehabilitation centers run by military or police; violation of reproductive rights such as involuntary sterilization, female genital mutilation, and denial of abortion or post-abortion care; denial of pain treatment; solitary confinement and prolonged restraint of persons with psychosocial disabilities; and denial of treatment to HIV/AIDS patients and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.”  Read more here and here

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