Medical Whistleblower Canary Notes Newsletter 36 United Nations Declaration Of Human Rights 2 Oct
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he United Nations recognized the vital role of human rights defenders and the UN was convinced that these hu-man rights defenders need to be protected from retaliation for reporting violations of ...
he United Nations recognized the vital role of human rights defenders and the UN was convinced that these hu-man rights defenders need to be protected from retaliation for reporting violations of human rights of others. The UN formally defined the defense of human rights as a right in itself and to recognize persons who undertake human rights work as “Human Rights Defenders.”The Resolution 53/144 was adopted in order to protect both human rights defend-ers and their activities. This is commonly known as the “Declaration on human rights defenders.”
Medical Whistleblowers are human rights defenders. The Hippocratic Oath taken by every Medical Doctor states the Doctors’ responsibility to care for the sick, to report on the welfare of the individual patient and also guard against any bias in the medical care system in relationship to any class of persons. The central moral commitment of the Hippocratic traditional code is its dedication to something other than the physician’s self-interest, that something being the primacy of the wel-fare of the patient. The Medical Doctor’s clear obligation is to detect and prevent abuse and ne-glect. Medical Whistleblowers promote the well-being of patients by taking appropriate actions to avert the harms caused by violence and abuse. The duty of the Doctor is to not only address patients’ immediate injuries, but also the psychological and social needs of victims. Medical Whistleblowers need to work closely in conjunction with members of the public safety and law enforcement communities.
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