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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
on excessive use of force and denial of access to treatment of detained
Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR)
March 12, 2007
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The Zimbabwe Association
of Doctors for Human Rights calls for the immediate release to a
medical facility for urgent medical treatment of injured opposition
and civic leaders currently held at Borrowdale, Braeside and Marlborough
Police Stations. These persons have as at present been denied access
to medical treatment. Those held at Borrowdale Police Station have
also been denied legal access.
ZADHR has received reports
that some of those detained were tortured during the course of their
arrest and is concerned that the activists detained may be in grave
received indicates that MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai and NCA
Chairperson, Lovemore Madhuku both sustained deep lacerations
on the scalp while Tsvangirai sustained a peri-orbital echymosis
(swollen, bruised eye) in one eye, indicative of possibly more serious
head injuries. Madhuku is also reported to have sustained a fractured
ulna. It is imperative that those in need of medical attention be
allowed access to a medical practitioner and for them to be assisted
in getting immediate medical assessment and treatment as required.
The lives of
those arrested and tortured continue to be threatened by refusal
of access to medical treatment.
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