Zim human rights crisis discussed in SA

HARARE - Civil society from Zimbabwe and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region met last week in Braamfontein in South Africa to discuss the unfolding crisis of human rights in Zimbabwe.

The solidarity summit held at Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein was organised by the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum and Action for Conflict Transformation and ran under the theme “The Escalating Zimbabwe crisis: A demand for socioeconomic and political transformation.”

ZimRights director Okay Machisa spoke on the current situation and the politics of transition outlining the challenges and opportunities, while academic Brian Raftopolous analysed the possible scenarios presented by the unfolding developments.

Prominent human rights activist and writer, Eleanor Sisulu explored the interventions that could come from civil society from the region moving forward to address the Zimbabwean crisis of democracy and human rights.

Civil society representatives from Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia gave solidarity messages, pledging support to the Zimbabwean civil society and people.

The solidarity summit comes in the wake of increased human rights violations by the police amid increasing protest action by citizens against the increasing poverty and undemocratic governance as well as lack of electoral reforms.

In August, suspected State security agents abducted and tortured some activists and the police arrested and detained about 70 people, used teargas and water cannons indiscriminately against citizens, including children and women in central Harare in a bid to stop peaceful protests.



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