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Zimbabwean doctors' group calls on world's health professionals to support right to treatment

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39188.543287.DB (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:817
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Supporters of the Zimbabwean opposition party who had been beaten and tortured by police last month were denied medical care for days or were treated in the presence of their abusers by intimidated doctors, says the Zimbabwean Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR).

    The group's chairman, Douglas Gwatidzo, treated the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change, two days after he was detained on 11 March in the township of Highfield, near Harare, during an opposition rally.

    But Mr Tsvangirai had already been taken by police to the accident and emergency department of the government's Central Hospital after collapsing on the night of his arrest, the human …

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