Zim Authorities Detain Human Rights Campaigners at Airport, Confiscate Laptops and Mobile Phones

ZIMBABWEAN authorities on Monday 20 May 2019 arrested four human rights campaigners upon their return to the country and confiscated their laptops and mobile phones.

The four human rights campaigners namely George Makoni aged 38 years, Tatenda Mombeyarara aged 37 years, Gamuchirai Mukura aged 31 years and Nyasha Mpahlo aged 35 years were detained upon disembarking from a plane at Robert Mugabe International Airport on Monday 20 May 2019 and held for several hours without communication with their lawyers after authorities confiscated their mobile phone handsets and laptops.

Zimbabwean authorities refused to allow lawyers representing the four human rights activists access to their clients.

The lawyers Roselyn Hanzi, Tinomuda Shoko and Godfrey Mupanga from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights only had access to their clients at Harare Central Police Station after nearly five hours from the time the human rights campaigners were in incommunicado detention at the airport.

At Harare Central Police Station, Zimbabwe Republic Police officers only waved a search warrant in the lawyers’ faces without giving them access to the document.

No charges have been preferred yet against the four human rights campaigners.

ZLHR’s Position
Government must stop criminalising the work of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Human rights work is not a crime.

Source: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

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