The World Medical Association (WMA) is calling for the immediate release of a doctor who has been jailed in Turkey for providing medical treatment to alleged members of Kurdish armed groups.
Dr. Serdar Küni, former president of Turkey's Şırnak medical association, was arrested in October of last year and is due to appear in court again today, Monday (April 24).
Ahead of his hearing, the WMA adopted an emergency resolution condemning the case of Dr. Küni which, it said, was one example among many of arrests, detentions, and dismissals of doctors in Turkey since 2015.
“The protection of health professionals is fundamental so that they can fulfil their duties to provide care for those in need, without regard to any element of identity, affiliation, or political opinion,” the resolution said.
“The WMA considers that punishing a physician for providing care to a patient constitutes a flagrant breach of international humanitarian and human rights standards as well as medical ethics. Ultimately it contravenes the principle of humanity that includes the imperative to preserve human dignity.”
The WMA ir urging national medical associations and the international health community to mobilise in support of the immediate release of Dr. Küni.