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Cross-Cultural Psychiatry in Medical-Legal Documentation of Suffering

Kathleen Allden

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252233.003.0016
Cross-Cultural Psychiatry in Medical-Legal Documentation of Suffering

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This chapter discusses the Istanbul Protocol, guidelines for documenting consequences of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and severe human rights abuses, which was developed from 1996 to 1999. It evaluates the role of such guidelines, and of the medical and psychiatric disciplines that created them, in addressing human rights violations linked to activities of corporate globalization and the new global economy. The chapter analyzes the legal suit brought by Burmese villagers against the pipeline company Unocal in relation to its Yadana Pipeline project.

Keywords: Istanbul Protocol; human rights abuses; corporate globalization; global economy; Yadana Pipeline project; Burma; degrading treatment

Chapter.  8969 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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