Clampdown on human rights defenders unwarranted

EDITOR — The arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders, including that of youths who were part of a peaceful demonstration over the Zanu PF government’s failure to provide the jobs it promised in its election campaign manifesto should be condemned in the strongest terms.

Among the people arrested was journalist, Angela Jimu who was assaulted and arrested for covering the protest while seven people, including Ronia Bunjira, a Member of Parliament were detained overnight.

This clearly shows that the police do not respect the right of journalists to carry out their mandate as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Such actions go against the Sadc ideals of peace, security and human development.

This is therefore, a clear deprivation and suppression of one’s socio-economic rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

Further, the action by the police inflates existing fear in communities to participate in political and democratic processes as well as loss of confidence in State institutions
that are meant to uphold citizens’ rights.

In this vein, the arrests have a negative effect on community participation in other commissions.

Heal Zimbabwe Trust

Comments (1)

If you have access to a TV, just check how the Americans -the so-called champions of DEMOCRACY & LIBERTY are handling the riots in Missouri!!

ZVOKWADI - 21 August 2014

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