Austerity for Who? – November 2018 Monthly Monitoring Report


In November, 164 human rights violations were recorded, a sharp decline from the 235 violations recorded in the month of October. This is the lowest number of violations recorded in 2018.

There were 21 assault violations and 33 related to discrimination. The majority of the violations were of intimidation and harassment standing at 93. These were linked to perpetrators violating freedoms of association, expression and assembly of political opponents or ordinary citizens. Forty percent of the perpetrators were affiliated to the ruling Zanu PF while most of the victims were female. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) made up 25% of the perpetrators of human rights violations, one of the highest figures by the ZRP in 2018. The ZRP in conjunction with the Municipal police made a continued crackdown on vendors and informal traders resulting in running battles being recorded in Harare Central Business District (CBD). Tear gas canisters were fired in the night during the ZRP led raids as one of the several methods that they used to intimidate vendors.

Mashonaland Central had the highest number of violations at 41. Mashonaland East had 25 violations in October compared to 28 violations in November. Despite crippling water shortages in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central, not many socio-economic violations were recorded in November. Not many socio-economic rights violations have been recorded in Mashonaland East despite a cholera outbreak and adverse economic conditions. In Mashonaland West, violations went down from 24 recorded in October to 15 this month. There was a decrease in violations in Harare, while Bulawayo and the Matabeleland provinces also recorded few violations.

Source: Zimbabwe Peace Project

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