A selection of recent reports and news on Zimbabwe
Quarterly Political and Human Rights Violations Report, January-March 2016
http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/africa/southern-africa/zimbabwe/b118-zimbabwe-stranded-in-stasis.pdf – Report from the International Crisis Group
https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/02/19/war-vets-police-fierce-clashes/ – worrying news from home
http://allafrica.com/stories/201602100199.html – Zimbabwe pleads for cash to stop mass starvation
According to the report, there is an “increasing appetite” in the west, especially in the EU, to reengage Zimbabwe because of what might happen in the event of President Mugabe leaving office or dying.
“There’s nothing more dangerous than a political transition with an economic implosion”, a diplomat is quoted as saying.
http://www.newzimbabwe.com/opinion-25236-Mufuka+Worshipping+false+gods+has+its+limits/opinion.aspx – Very interesting article
U.S Department of State Zimbabwe 2014 Human Rights Report
29 June 2015
From Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum: According to the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Zimbabwe 2014 Human Rights Report, in 2014, the most important human rights problems remained the government’s targeting for torture, abuse, arrest, and harassment members of non-ZANU-PF parties and civil society activists; partisan application of the rule of law by security forces and the judiciary; and restrictions on civil liberties.
There were many other human rights problems. Prison conditions were harsh. Lengthy pretrial detention, denial of bail, and lack of access to legal representation were problems. The government’s expropriation of private property continued. Executive political influence and interference in the judiciary continued, and the government infringed on citizens’ privacy rights. The government generally failed to investigate or prosecute state security or ZANU-PF supporters responsible for violence. Authorities restricted freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and movement.
The government continued to evict citizens; invade farms, private businesses and properties; and demolish informal marketplaces and settlements. Security forces beat, arrested, and detained internally displaced persons (IDPs). The government impeded efforts by non governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist those displaced and other vulnerable populations. The government arrested, detained, prosecuted, and harassed NGO members. Government corruption remained widespread, including at the local level. Violence and discrimination against women; child abuse; trafficking of women and children; and discrimination against persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, and persons with HIV/AIDS were problems. The government interfered with labor-related events.
The government took limited steps to punish security sector officials and ZANU-PF supporters who committed violations, but impunity continued to be a problem.
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/sites/default/files/final_zimbabweradio_report_pdf.pdf Beyond Tokenism: the need to license community radio stations in Zimbabwe
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9457e9a4-fa45-11e4-a41c-00144feab7de.html#axzz3afknbsIK – signs look dire for economy
Human Rights Watch statement on Itai Dzamara.
Zimbabwe: Silence on ‘Disappeared’ Activist
http://africanarguments.org/2015/04/23/as-the-house-burns-whither-the-zimbabwean-opposition-by-nicole-beardsworth/ The Zimbabwean economy is going through structural regression, with rapid deindustrialisation,
burgeoning external debt, an over 85% formal unemployment rate and nominal growth due to declining
investment and a biting liquidity crunch. Between 2011 and 2015 over 4,610 companies closed their
doors leaving over 55 000 workers redundant, putting further pressure on a cash-strapped
population. This year´s harvest has failed due to insufficient rain while a regional maize shortage
and empty government coffers will leave thousands without sufficient food.
UK FCO Human Rights and Democracy Report 2014 (published 12 March 2015) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/zimbabwe-country-of-concern–2/zimbabwe-country-of-concern
Amnesty International’s 2014/15 report is now available:
Go to this website and use the box on the right hand side to search by country.
UKFCO Report – updated 21 January 2015
Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery (April 2014) go to link below:
Zimbabwe still a country of concern, says FCO
14 April 2014
“The human rights situation in Zimbabwe remained relatively stable throughout 2013, with a slight improvement on previous years. Zimbabwe Peace Project reported fewer than 5,000 cases of politically motivated human rights violations between January to November 2013. This compares to 5,096 in 2012, and 10,188 in 2011, 10,703 in 2010, 14,725 in 2009, and a peak of 23,755 cases recorded for 2008. Levels of politically motivated human rights violations have continued on a downward trajectory throughout the country.
However, serious concerns remain, including political violence, and harassment of political opposition, journalists, judges and human rights defenders (HRDs). Many international human rights indicators still rank Zimbabwe amongst the worst countries in the world in terms of civil liberties, political rights and press freedoms.
Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) feedback on public meeting on the Analysis of the Electoral Amendment Bill on 10 April 2014. See link https://zimbabweassociation.org.uk/diaspora-news/home-news/
– Human Rights Watch, *World Report 2014 – Zimbabwe*, 21 January
2014. Online. UNHCR Refworld, available at:
– International Federation for Human Rights, *Zimbabwe: Two
human rights defenders acquitted*, 28 November 2013. Online. UNHCR
Refworld, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52de4d5b7.html
– Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), *Zimbabwe’s
ailing economy fuelling child labour*, 9 January 2014. Online. UNHCR
Refworld, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52cfc57a4.html
– Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre, *Zimbabwe: How are
returned asylum seekers treated, especially people who deserted the
Zimbabwe armed forces?*, 14 November 2013. Online. UNHCR Refworld, available
– Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre, *Zimbabwe: Information
on mining/land grabbing by Zanu PF in Zimbabwe, their complicity
9 December 2013. Online. UNHCR Refworld, available at:
The final ZHRC report on the 2013 elections has been released, see link
Recommended listening: four YouTube links on the 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised elections.
October 2013 – Solidarity Peace Trust Report
Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa said ‘There is no doubt that the new government will be judged on the basis of its human rights record and ability to improve the living conditions for everyone in the country’.
The Government of Zimbabwe must guarantee all human rights enshrined in the new Constitution, Amnesty International said in a Human Rights Agenda issued as President Robert Mugabe approaches the 100th day of his new term.
In the report, Human Rights Agenda for the New Government – 2013 to 2018, the organization urges the Zimbabwean government to take significant steps to improve the country’s poor human rights record
Troubled Water, Human Rights Watch Report November 2013 on water situation in Harare http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/11/19/troubled-water-0
ZESN 2013 Advance Harmonised Election Report—Full report click
Click on link for Latest briefing from Zimbabwe Europe Network ZEN Briefing Note July (4)
Zimbabwe Election 2013 Resources
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Another AfricaFocus Bulletin available on the web at http://www.africafocus.org/docs13/zim1307b.php) contains two
parallel civil society reports, from the Research and Advocacy Unit and the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, with analyses of the
Zimbabwe Voters’ Roll being used for the July 31 election. Also included is a statement by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
following the first round of “special voting” by Zimbabwe security forces.
http://www.sokwanele.com/ – this is a good site for news on the elections and what is happening back home
202 Zimbabwe – Election Scenarios Latest Report on Zimbabwe from the International Crisis Group
Constitutional Scorecard for a snapshot view of the proposed Constitution
For final Draft Constitution click on : https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=draft+constitution+zimbabwe&rlz=1C1RNNN_enGB406GB406&aq=f&oq=draft&aqs=chrome.1.57j59j61l3j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
For abridged version click on http://www.swradioafrica.com/
Zimbabwe Referendum Watch (ZRW) : Issue 1
Sokwanele : 03 March 2013
Go to link below for Human Rights Watch Report on Zimbabwe – January 2013
News Updates 2012 /13
For ZEN’s overview of 2nd Stakeholders Conference ZENSpecialFocus2ndStakeholders
For ZEN’s Discussion Paper on Elections click on 2012SeptZENonElections
Click on http://www.sokwanele.com/zigwatch for Issue 40 of Zimbabwe Inclusive government Watch (a summary of recent events)
Financing a Parallel Government – New report by Global Witness http://www.globalwitness.co.uk/library/financing-parallel-government-Zimbabwe
http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/82894 for “Political paralysis of coalition government stalls nation” 13 June 2012
Crisis Coalition Briefing number 69 :http://www.crisiszimbabwe.org/.
Click on http://www.sokwanele.com/ for Issue 37 of Zimbabwe Inclusive government Watch (a summary of recent events)
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Click on heading above for updated Operational Guidance Note on Zimbabwe, August 2012
Still Here Still Human has published a response to the OGN,
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights summarised analyis of COPAC Draft Constitution (26 September 2012)
Click on link below for current Country of Origin Information on Zimbabwe
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Click on heading above for the report from the Fact Finding Mission who visited Zimbabwe in August 2010