Human rights and medical practice are rooted in fundamental principles including respect, dignity, fairness and equality.
The BMA has always advocated the highest standards of human rights in healthcare, both for clinicians and patients.
BMA procedures for human rights interventions, drawn up with advice from Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross, explains the BMA's criteria for intervening in alleged abuses of human rights.
Read our procedures for human rights interventions
Most recently, we have spoken out against:
All doctors can support the protection of human rights in healthcare and here are a few useful ideas:
See how clinicians can support human rights with Amnesty International
Contact your local MP about specific cases
Visit the World Medical Association if you work in prisons
Contact us for more information
BMA action on human rights
Find out more about the instances in which the BMA has been speaking up for human rights:
Doctors as victims
Egypt: Canadian doctor begins hunger strike in custody
Sudan: Death penalty for pregnant doctor
Syria: Doctors detained in custody
United States: Medical involvement in force-feeding at Guantánamo
Vietnam: Health Ministry sources drugs for lethal injections
Human rights act
The BMA has written to the Prime Minister ahead of Human Rights Day calling on the government to abandon their plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.
We believe that the rights enshrined in the Human Rights Act are fundamental to the primary role of doctors in advocating and caring for patients.
Read Mark Porter's response
Afghanistan: Coalition bombing of MSF hospital
Bahrain: Breaches of medical neutrality
Gaza: Shelling of medical facilities
Turkey: Breaches of medical neutrality
Patients as victims
France: Refugees denied basic aid supplies
Uganda: Anti-homosexuality law