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59 APPENDIX E CODE OF ETHICS OF THE COLEGIO MEDICO DE CHILE WITH RESPECT TO TORTURE On November 22, 1983, the General Council of the Colegio Medico de Chile approved the colegio's Code of Ethics (Cod~go de Etica). In the Declaration of Principles the colegio points out that respect for life and the person is the fundamental principle in the medical profession. It says the ethical prin- ciples that govern the conduct of physicians oblige them to defend the human being against pain, suf- fering, and death without discrimination of any sort. It goes on to say that respect, dignity, honesty, and moral integrity, as imperative norms in the life of a doctor, are attributes that the medical community deems fundamental in professional practice. . Article 25 of the code says that a pnys~c~an should not support, consent to, or participate in the practice of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, regardless of the offense with which the person is accused or guilty of and regardless of his or her beliefs or motives, in whatever circumstance, including armed conflicts or riots. It specifies that the physician should not provide any premise, instruments, substances, or knowledge to facilitate the practice of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or work in any way to diminish the capa- CitY of the victim to resist such treatment. It Lairs Phi ~ ~ Whys; m; an should not be present before, during, or after any procedure in which torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treat ment are employed or used as a threat. t;~3V ~l~11Cl ~- ~! Y ~ ~ ~ ~ At' ~~-'

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