Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2010: Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

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orensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure Andrew Rasmussen, assistant professor, NYU School of Medicine; research director, Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program Global public health may involve some degree of political advocacy, particularly for those health problems associated with abuse of a population by political authorities. A case example is presented in which doctors and psychologists undertook a forensic assessment of a population of Sikhs in Punjab, India, in support of a class action lawsuit alleging gross violations of human rights.