WMA Resolution on Economic Embargoes and Health

Adopted by the 49th WMA General Assembly, Hamburg, Germany, November 1997
and reaffirmed by the 58th WMA General Assembly, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2007


all people have the right to the preservation of health; and,
the Geneva Convention (Article 23, Number IV, 1949) requires the free passage of medical supplies intended for civilians;

THE WMA URGES national medical associations to ensure that Governments employing economic sanctions against other States respect the agreed exemptions for medicines, medical supplies and basic food items.