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REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE:
MEDICAL DOCTOR FOUND ALIVE BUT TORTURED

Update info:
4 Nov 2019 (Updated)
Latest info:
12 Oct 2019
Country:
REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
Subject:
Dr Peter Magombeyi (He/Him)
Period:
5 Dec 2019
Distribution date:
4 Nov 2019
UA No:
124/2019

On 19 September 2019, Dr Peter Magombeyi, a medical doctor was found alive and disoriented, dumped about 33 km out of Harare in a placed called Nyabira. Dr Magombeyi was abducted on the night of 14 September 2019. He said he was held in a basement where he was tortured. There are fears that he was injected with an unknown substance by his abductors. The government accused him of faking the abduction and tried to prevent him from seeking medical treatment outside the country. Fears are that he may be arrested and charged for “faking an abduction” upon his return.

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PLEASE TAKE ACTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE UNTIL: 5 November 2019
Please check with the Amnesty office in your country if you wish to send appeals after the deadline.

NAME AND PREFFERED PRONOUN: Dr Peter Magombeyi (He/Him)

LINK TO PREVIOUS UA: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr46/1059/2019/en/

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His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Munhumutapa Building
Private Bag 7700
Causeway, Harare
Zimbabwe
Email: info@opc.gov.zw

Your Excellency President Mnangagwa,

On 19 September 2019 medical doctor Peter Magombeyi was found alive and disoriented, 33 km out of Harare after being abducted on 14 September 2019, from his home in in Harare. He had previously served notice to the Minister of Health and Child Care that doctors across the country would go on strike. There are fears that he may have been poisoned by his abductors and he is currently seeking further medical treatment in South Africa. The government has also accused him of faking the abduction.

I am concerned by the authorities’ statement that Dr Peter Magombeyi faked his abduction. The authorities have legal obligation to respect and protect Peter’s right to life, liberty and personal security. Peter has the right to seek and choose adequate medical attention including from outside the country.

I therefore urge you to:

  • Ensure that the Minister of Home Affairs thoroughly, impartially and effectively investigates the circumstances of the abduction of Peter Magombeyi and ensure that those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice in fair trials;
  • Guarantee the safe return of Peter Magombeyi without fear of harassment, intimidation or arbitrary arrest;
  • Take the necessary steps to ensure thorough, impartial and effective investigations of all cases of enforced disappearances in Zimbabwe, and ensure that those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice and that the victims and their families have access to justice and effective remedies, which include restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition.

Yours sincerely,