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Panama 1987: Health Consequences of Police and Military Actions

The Report of a Medical Fact-Finding Mission of Physicians for Human Rights

by Jane G. Schaller MD, past president of PHR

April 1988

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The goal of this fact-finding mission was to investigate and document widespread violations of human rights and medical neutrality which were alleged to have occurred in Panama following civilian unrest and demonstrations beginning in June 1987. Among the other conclusions of the report was the finding of interference by the military in provision of medical care to Panamanian civilians, as well as government interference in the exercise of the universally recognized right to freedom of expression by members of the health professions.

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