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Accepted Paper:

has pdf download The medical examiner and the asylum seeker  
Janus Oomen (University of Amsterdam)

Paper short abstract:

The theme of my contribution is the crisis and imagination aspect of the medical intervention in the asylum situation. The victims of torture are a group making explicit where medical support is necessary but very hard to organize.

Paper long abstract:

This paper discusses the medical constituent in the support of the asylum request. Medical reports in connection with asylum applications have become quite common in European resettlement countries. The medical professional approach links to issues of identity, solidarity, morality and the application of medical rights as put forward by the Istanbul Protocol (2002; paragraph 67). We reflect on the medical ethical duty to monitor and speak out as experienced by the Medical Examination Group of Amnesty International (Netherlands). The question is what roles medical practitioners could and should play in case asylum claims are rejected without appropriate medical evaluations. What are the medico-legal and ethical obligations? How should the reports be written in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol and by whom? Should the attending physicians be competent or are there to be specialised independent non-governmental medical examiners?

Panel W081
Crisis, pain and wellbeing: the imagining and bearing of refugee/migrants social, moral and existential crisis
  Session 1