For Immediate Release
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe Must Stop Abuses Against Opposition Activists and Denial of Medical Care
Cambridge, Mass - 03/27/2007
In a letter to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Physicians for Human Rights condemns the torture and assaults on and denial of medical treatment to members of the opposition party and other peaceful activists by police and security personnel. PHR cites cases from medical colleagues in Zimbabwe that describe dozens of injuries to the individuals, including fractures and soft tissue injuries, head injuries and a ruptured bowel due to blows to the abdomen by police. Some individuals were denied medical treatment, leading to more serious injuries. Denial of such care is an egregious violation of human rights.
PHR calls on President Mugabe to restore respect for human rights to all the people of Zimbabwe, including free expression, personal security, health and economic well-being.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.
Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.