Human Rights Violations Weekly Update 02

/Summary of Violations

In the period under review (09 – 25 March 2018), Heal Zimbabwe recorded a total of 24 human rights violations from 17 districts. The organisation recorded four categories of human rights violations which are intimidation (with threats of violence or threats of withdrawal of food aid or agricultural inputs), forced contributions to political party gatherings, disrupted political gatherings and assault. Intimidation recorded the highest number of violations constituting 83.3% (20 cases), forced contributions recorded 8.3% whilst assault and disruption of political gatherings recorded 4.1% each (1 case each). Heal Zimbabwe observed that the recorded human rights violations originated from the (i) ZANU PF restructuring exercise, (ii) the emergence of new political parties (iii) the collection of BVR serial numbers and (iv) the upcoming Independence Day commemorations.

Heal Zimbabwe observed that intimidation remain prevalent in local communities registering the highest number of cases each week. In this week’s report, 20 cases of intimidation were recorded, seven cases higher than 13 cases recorded in the previous report. Political gatekeepers continue to use intimidation as a tool to harness support for the ruling ZANU PF party. Threats of past violence, withdrawal of food aid and agricultural inputs are issued to community members and opposition supporters. As such, free expression of their rights and participation is therefore stifled. HZT in this regard perceive intimidation as a threat towards the attainment of peace and social cohesion as the nation readies for elections.

Source: Heal Zimbabwe

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