Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı, respected scientist and forensic medicine specialist, and elected president of Turkish Medical Association (TMA) was detained for a statement she made to the press and accused of making terrorist propaganda.
Dr Financi is a member of Forensic Science Society (England), Académie Internationale de Médecine Légale et de Médecine Sociale, International Academy of Legal Medicine, New York Academy of Sciences, and has been an indomitable human rights defender for decades. She is one of the founding members of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.
The Turkish Medical Association is the constitutional professional organization of more than one hundred thousand physicians in Turkey. The government made an application to the court to remove Dr Financi from the TMA presidency. This is an attack not only against her personal and professional freedom of expression but also towards the organization of physicians in Turkey and professional autonomy of physicians. Her detainment and attempt to remove her from her elected position in TMA are illegal and unacceptable.
IAHPE and PHM Europe