Posts Tagged ‘doctors’

Peter Magombeyi, doctor in Zimbabwe, on the growing list of victims

September 18, 2019





On 18 September 2019 several outlets (here NewsDay Zimbabwe) reported that the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) has called on the government of Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety and security of Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association acting president Peter Magombeyi, who was allegedly abducted by suspected State security agents on Saturday night and to ensure his immediate release.

Magombeyi, who was abducted by three masked men from his Budiriro, Harare home at the weekend, had been leading an industrial job action by junior doctors nationwide over poor salaries and working conditions. “The SAHRDN further calls on authorities to curb the emerging pattern of abductions, enforced disappearances and torture of human rights defenders and legitimate political opponents,” said SAHRDN in a statement. The government has denied that its security agents were involved in the abduction and blamed a third force trying to tarnish the image of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Before Magombeyi’s abduction, he had reported to his lawyers a variety of threats he was receiving some via his mobile phone.

Since January 2019 when Zimbabweans protested against the worsening economic situation, thousands of people have been arbitrarily arrested and detained and scores of civil society activists, human rights defenders and legitimate political opponents have faced abductions and enforced disappearances. Unfortunately, some of them have died as a result of torture such as Blessing Toronga,” said the organisation chaired by prominent lawyer, Arnold Tsunga. The organisation accused the Zimbabwe Republic Police of failing to enforce the law and to hold those responsible for perpetrating attacks on human rights defenders accountable. See also:


Pressure piles over missing doctor

Doctors and Nurses in Bahrain targeted for repression

July 7, 2011

As the human rights crisis in Bahrain continues Front Line and other NGOs express their deep concern about the ongoing prosecution and persecution of doctors and nurses who are facing the prospect of prison sentences simply because they treated injured demonstrators during the recent disturbances. Severe sentences have handed down on human rights defenders, including Abdulahadi Al Khawaja who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment.
In no other country in the world have we witnessed doctors and nurses persecuted on such a scale as a result of their legitimate humanitarian actions, says Front Line:  47 members of the medical  profession were arrested, several of them reportedly tortured, and  all of whom are currently being subjected to an unfair trial. They feel abandoned by the international community. 

Please – show your support for these brave men and women – add your name to the open letter to the King of Bahrain via the link below and which will be published in The Guardian and the London Independent this Friday>