October 5, 2010
“US Department of Defense [was] a component, because the purpose of this [study] was to develop penicillin and prophylaxis for US soldiers’ kits,” Alfred Lambremont Webre, a war crimes lawyer, told Press TV on Tuesday.
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Since it was a military project, “I think it qualifies as crimes against humanity,” Lambremont Webre added.
Between 1946 and 1948, American researchers intentionally infected some 1,500 Guatemalan prisoners, institutionalized mental patients and sex workers with sexually transmitted diseases including Syphilis and Gonorrhea, without their consent or knowledge.
Guatemala’s government formed a committee to investigate the experiment, the scientists who conducted the study, individuals informed about it and the victims.
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