A set of ethical rules and principles to be respected by all persons giving medical care.
The obligation to respect the principles of medical ethics is repeated in the statement of the general protection which positive international law recognizes as due to medical duties.
This states that

  1. no person may be punished for carrying out medical activities compatible with medical ethics, regardless of the circumstances or persons benefiting therefrom, and
  2. persons engaged in medical activities shall not be compelled to perform acts or to carry out work contrary to the rules of medical ethics, to other medical rules designed for the benefit of the wounded and sick or to provisions of international law, or to refrain from performing acts or from carrying out work required by those rules and provisions.





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