The World Medical Association (WMA) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) have spoken out about the arrests of four health professionals in Turkey and are urging authorities to drop the charges against the individuals.
The four health professionals, a physician and three nurses, were arrested by Turkish authorities earlier this month and are being detained in Şırnak Prison on charges of providing support to terrorist activity.
According to the WMA and CPME, their lawyers claim they provided care to a wounded child in 2015 at a time when there was a curfew and access to health services was almost impossible.
In a letter to the Turkish President, Dr Frank Ulrich Montgomery, Chair of the WMA and CPME President, condemned "the brutal arrest" of the individuals saying there was a “remarkable disproportionality between the alleged facts and the measures taken by the Turkish authorities."
He added: “These health professionals have done nothing more than perform their duties in line with the ethical principles of health care. According to our code of conduct, it is a physician’s obligation to maintain the utmost respect for human life. It is therefore our responsibility to extend health care to all who need it, anywhere and even in emergency situations.”