• The government of President Robert Mugabe, which took office after a disputed election in July 2013, has ignored the rights provisions in the new constitution. A legislative framework that would improve the human rights environment in line with the constitution has yet to be created. The government failed to provide redress for some 20,000 people displaced by the Tokwe-Mukorsi dam in Masvingo province in February 2014.  In violation of the rights to water, sanitation and health, many people in the capital, Harare, have little access to potable water and sanitation services. Police continue to use old laws that deny them due process rights. Activists and human rights defenders, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, continue to face harassment by police. There has been no progress towards justice for past human rights abuses and political violence.

  • Zimbabwean national army soldiers on parade during the Defence Forces Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, August 14, 2012.
    Zimbabwe’s “unity government” should carry out reforms to ensure that state security forces conduct themselves in a non-partisan and professional manner before the country holds national elections in 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.