Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network

Human Rights Defenders

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1



"Oppression in the extreme appears terrible: but oppression on more refined appearances remains oppression; and where the smallest degree of it is cherished it grows stronger and more extensive."

From ‘A plea for the poor’ John Woolman (Quaker) 1720-1772


Medical Whistleblower

Medical Whistleblower was founded by Dr. Janet Parker, a Veterinarian who reported Fraud, Abuse and Neglect in the Medical Community.   The organization is dedicated to advocacy and the emotional support of all Medical Whistleblowers regardless of their professional background or licensing status.  A Medical Whistleblower is a person who has come forward to report Medical Fraud, Abuse or Neglect to State, Federal or International governmental authorities.   Medical Whistleblower provides advocacy for all regardless of national origin, religious faith, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or age.   Anyone with access to information related to medical fraud, abuse and neglect can be a Medical Whistleblower.   Medical Whistleblower advocates for those who have already made that choice and those still considering their future path.  There is no cost to request support from Medical Whistleblower.  Medical Whistleblower is not a counseling service and does not provide legal advice or representation. We are an advocate for change and provide meaningful information related to the Medical Whistleblower’s experience and networking contacts for further support. 

"The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people."

Helen Adams Keller



Who are Medical Whistleblowers? 

Medical Whistleblowers come from all walks of life and many professional disciplines. Medical Whistleblowers can be Doctors, Pharmacists, Researchers, Police Officers,  Federal Law Enforcement Agents, Nurses, Medical Technicians, Certified Public Accountants, Attorneys, Judges, Therapists, Prosecutors, Hospital CEO’s, Academic Medical Instructors, Veterans, Emergency Medical Technicians, and even Patients and their families.   Medical Whistleblowers are themselves human rights defenders of others.   Medical Whistleblowers risk their livelihoods when they dissent in the name of transparency and openness, and in return often lose their cherished right to privacy and suffer severe personal loss.

"It is dangerous to be right
when the government is wrong."


Human Rights Issues Addressed by Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network


Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network does human rights advocacy, investigation and analysis regarding human rights violations in medical settings. Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network is a stakeholder in the Universal Periodic Review Process and a reporter to the UN and to the US Department of State in that process.


Some of the issues that Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network works on are for example:

  • Human rights related to clinical patients in health care settings 

  • Human rights of sexual assault and crime victims 

  • Disability Rights

  • Medical professionals as mandated reporters of child sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking

  • Treatment of PTSD of crime victims and veterans

  • Patients who are victims of medical fraud 

  • Abuse and mistreatment of developmentally disabled

  • Pharmaceutical product mis-branding and deceptive "off-label" marketing

  • Abuse and mistreatment of psychiatric patients in institutions 

  • Guardianship abuse

  • Abuse and neglect of the elderly either in the community or in nursing homes

  • Treatment neglect, psychological and physical abuse of prisoners 

Medical Whistleblower Advocacy Network focuses on US citizens on US soil.

Who is a Human Rights Defender?

A human rights defender (HRD) was defined as  a person who acceptances the universality of human rights, are defined and accepted according to the rights they are defending and according to their own right to do so, and whose actions are peaceful. 

HRD is an individual who promotes and protects human rights.

Human rights defenders must accept the universality of human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A person cannot deny some human rights and yet claim to be a human rights defender because he or she is an advocate for others. For example, it would not be acceptable to defend the human rights of men but to deny that women have equal rights.

Human rights defenders must be defined and accepted according to the rights they are defending and according to their own right to do so. Whether or not they are legally correct is not relevant in determining whether they are genuine human rights defenders. The key issue is whether or not their concerns fall within the scope of human rights. Peaceful action i. e actions taken by human rights defenders must be peaceful in order to comply with the Declaration on human rights defenders.

There is no academic or professional requirement to ‘become‘ an human rights defender.

Neither preaches nor supports violence

Exposes corruption of state actors

Reports and documents human rights violations. 

Doesn’t have personal and political agenda

Reports and document human rights violations

Support government in protection of victims and their families and raise voice for remedies for them

Does constructive criticism on government policies, plan and legislation

Respects GOOD laws and oppose bad laws

No particular academic qualification or degree is required for being HRD. Any individual who is lawyer, doctor, teacher, businessman and journalist who promote and protects human rights can be human rights defender.

Support government in making pro human rights policies, strategies and plans.

HRDs consciously take on risk through their work, thus human rights work might by its definition be about giving up some security. A silenced human rights worker, through kidnapping, jailing or intimidation, means a human rights worker not doing their work. Protecting human rights defenders doesn’t always mean protecting them against physical violence. “slander, smear campaigns, stigmatisation, etc are all serious threats to defenders.”

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Commitment to Non-Violence

Medical Whistleblower has a commitment to improving the protection of all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as defined in, among others, the following regional and international legal instruments:

•             UN legal instruments pertaining to human rights, including: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the international covenants on civil and political rights and on economic, social and cultural rights; the conventions providing for monitoring mechanisms (torture, racial discrimination, discrimination against women, the rights of the child, rights of migrant workers and their families); and the conventions and standards of the International Labor Organization;

•             Special procedures and non-treaty mechanisms of the United Nations;

•             The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders;

•             The UN resolution establishing the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on human rights defenders;

•             The United Nations guidelines on human rights defenders;

In addition, Medical Whistleblower upholds the principle of  a code of ethical and moral conduct that all means used by Medical Whistleblower will not include violence -  We exclude the use of violence to advance political aims.  We work with and in collaboration with existing governmental structures and systems but put pressure on governments in a non-violent manner to achieve human rights protections and goals. 

Part 2 - Testimony of Gerald Rogan, MD, before California Senate Committee

"When even one American -who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril."

                                                                                            ~ Harry S. Truman ~

Medical Whistleblower United Nations UPR Report 2010

"The universal rights of assembly and free speech must be protected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights."

-- President Barack Obama.

An Example of a Medical Whistleblower

One of these essential Medical Whistleblowers was Allen Jones who was an investigator for the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General of the Food and Drug Administration.  He wrote an excellent report about a criminal corruption of our governmental processes for the approval of pharmaceutical drugs and their use on vulnerable populations such as the elderly,  prisoners,  welfare recipients,  the homeless,  children, teenagers in rehab and the mentally ill.  His report as well as other supporting evidence can be seen at this link from the Psychiatric Law Project in Anchorage Alaska - Attorney Jim Gottstein.

Allen Jones Report

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.
- Patrick Henry -

Abduction of Children - WWASPS Escort to torture

"This is a very powerful truth. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This is the first article of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration represents the first time that universal human rights were spelled out for all people in a civil and individual context. But many of our faiths and holy books have words of wisdom and assertions of human rights in various forms. They all assert the equality and freedom of people; we are all born into freedom and other people can only make us slaves if we accept and succumb. All faiths declare the unity of human beings and the freedom of all."

—UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya A. Obaid

Health Professionals have a Duty to Report Human Rights Violations

Health professionals also have a duty to support colleagues who speak out against human rights violations. Failure to do so risks not only an infringement of patient rights and a contravention of the declarations listed above but also brings the health professions into disrepute.

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Tokyo reiterates the prohibition of any form of medical participation or medical presence in torture or ill-treatment.  World Psychiatric Association’s Declaration of Hawaii, prohibits the misuse of psychiatric skills to violate the human rights of any individual or group. The International Conference on Islamic Medicine made a similar point in its Declaration of Kuwait, which bans doctors from allowing their special knowledge to be used “to harm, destroy or inflict damage on the body, mind or spirit, whatever the military or political reason”.   Similar provisions are made for nurses in the directive on the Nurse’s Role in the Care of Detainees and Prisoners.

The World Medical Association’s resolution on human rights calls on all national medical associations to review the human rights situation in their own countries and ensure that doctors do not conceal evidence of abuse even where they fear reprisal.  It also requires that they support individual doctors who call attention to human rights abuses.  The World Medical Association’s subsequent Declaration of Hamburg reaffirms the responsibility of individuals and organized medical groups worldwide to encourage doctors to resist torture or any pressure to act contrary to ethical principles. It calls upon individual doctors to speak out against maltreatment and urges national and international medical organizations to support doctors who resist such pressure.

An absolutely fundamental precept of modern medical ethics is that patients themselves are the best judge of their own interests. This requires health professionals to give normal precedence to a competent adult patient’s wishes rather than to the views of any person in authority about what would be best for that individual.

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Lisbon specifies the duty for doctors to obtain voluntary and informed consent from mentally competent patients to any examination or procedure. This means that individuals need to know the implications of agreeing and the consequences of refusing. Before examining patients, health professionals must, therefore, explain frankly the purpose of the examination and treatment. Consent obtained under duress or as a result of false information being given to the patient is invalid, and doctors acting on it are likely to be in breach of medical ethics. The graver the implications of the procedure for the patient, the greater the moral imperative to obtain properly informed consent. (Istanbul Protocol -  UN 2004)

Three safeguards advocated by the Committee for persons held in police custody are:


(a) The right of a person deprived of liberty, if he or she so desires, to inform immediately a third party (family member) of the arrest;
(b) The right of a person deprived of liberty to have immediate access to a lawyer;
(c) The right of a person deprived of liberty to have access to a physician, including, if he or she so wishes, a physician of his or her own choice.

Even when doctors are appointed and paid by a third party, they retain a clear duty of care to any patient whom they examine or treat. They must refuse to comply with any procedures that may harm patients or leave them physically or psychologically vulnerable to harm. They must ensure that their contractual terms allow them professional independence to make clinical judgments.  Doctors must ensure that any person in custody has access to any medical examination and treatment needed.

The State is responsible for protecting alleged victims, witnesses and their families from violence, threats of violence or any other form of intimidation that may arise pursuant to the investigation. Those potentially implicated in torture should be removed from any position of control or power, whether direct or indirect over complainants, witnesses and their families as well as those conducting investigations. Investigators must give constant consideration to the effect of the investigation on the safety of the person alleging torture and other witnesses.

In his autobiography, You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train, Howard Zinn wrote:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history of not only cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Part 1 - Testimony of Ian Grady, MD, before California Senate Committee

Part 2 - Testimony of Ian Grady, MD, before California Senate Committee

Human Subjects Protections

Directives for Human Experimentation


  1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonable to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.

    The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
  2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
  3. The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
  4. The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.
  5. No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
  6. The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
  7. Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
  8. The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.
  9. During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.
  10. During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

Reprinted from Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10, Vol. 2, pp. 181-182.. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1949.

45 CFR 46 Protection Of Human Subjects

Guidelines for Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects at NIH (Gray Booklet) (pdf file)

The Belmont Report Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research

Nuremberg Code Directives for Human Experimentation

World Medical Association Declaration Of Helsinki

List of all Institutions Holding Assurances
Note: You must perform a search on “Assurances (FWAs)” from that page


Victim’s Rights and Needs: Requirements for a Victim’s Rights System

  • Compensation
  • Redress
  • Testimony
  • Truth
  • Acknowledgment
  • Memory
  • Reparation
  • Justice
  • Prevention (Never Again!)


“As I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.“

~ Martin Scorsese

Senator Whitehouse called on all Americans to remember that the Constitution provides not just basic rights, but a mechanism to make sure that those rights cannot be trampled by wealthy and powerful interests:

"The jury serves as our last sanctuary, as Americans, when the forces of society may be arrayed against us: when the governor’s mansion has been bought by special interests; when lobbyists have the legislature tied in knots; when the newspaper owners have steered public opinion against you – the hard square corners of the jury box stand firm against the influence and money of special interests."

The Seven Social Sins - By Mahatma Gandhi

1. Politics without principles
2. Wealth without work
3. Pleasure without conscience
4. Knowledge without character
5. Commerce without morality
6. Science without humanity
7. Worship without sacrifice.

"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach."

-- Clarissa Pinolla Estes

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Medical Whistleblower - Who We Are

"For every complex problem there is a simple solution that is wrong."

G.B. Shaw 1856-1950,

Irish critic and poet, famous for his 'verbal wit'

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo Buscaglia

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"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself."  Confucius

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt- Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic", delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910