Unjustly persecuted scientists

Other Names:
Unfairly imprisoned doctors
Wrongfully detained scientists
Unwarranted arrest of medical practitioners
Tortured scientists

As those associated with scientific and medical associations are increasingly involved in human rights issues, they may consequently become targets of persecution and violence. Some are imprisoned simply because of the nature of their work, and others because of direct opposition to their government.


A 1992 USA report showed 41 engineers; 24 doctors, dentists, and nurses; and 8 scientists imprisoned in Libya. The count in Burma was 7 doctors, 3 dentists, 2 physicists, 1 surgeon, 1 mathematician, 1 botanist and 1 engineer. The Syrian government imprisoned 92 people working in health-related occupations. According to the report, some of the above mentioned prisoners had been in detention for more than 10 years, and many had been tortured.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST