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  • Dr Miguel Roberto Jorge (Provided to SBS Radio Spanish)Source: Provided to SBS Radio Spanish
Dr. Miguel Jorge, Chair of the World Medical Association's Socio Medical Committee has strongly criticised Australia for the recent law that could see doctors sent to jail for speaking about health issues of asylum seekers or refugees in immigration detention.
Soraya Caicedo / SBS Radio Spanish

13 Jul 2015 - 12:48 PM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2015 - 12:48 PM

In conversation with SBS Radio Spanish, Dr. Jorge describes the legislation as un-ethical and says the World Medical Association (WMA) was shocked when it knew the law was passed in a country “as advanced and respected as Australia”.

This weekend doctors and psychologysts in Sydney and Melbourne leaded demonstrations against the legislation, covering their mouths to critizise the provision of secrecy of the new Border Force Act. Under this law, disclosing protected information might result in 2 years of prision.

Jorge says he does not understand why asylum seekers are seen as a matter of national security instead of a humanitarian issue.

Australia is one of the members of the WMA, an organisation created after the Second World War to protect doctors and patients in conflicts. 

The WMA has formally requested the Australian government to derogate the law.

Listen to the interview (in Spanish) of Dr. Jorge in conversation with SBS journalist, Soraya Caicedo.