• Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 31. Zimbabwe's unity government consisting of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) factions,  has failed to implement key reforms envisioned under their power-sharing agreement. Those responsible for widespread violence and killings following Zimbabwe's 2008 elections have still not been held accountable. This, combined with the lack of progress on institutional and legal reforms, means that many Zimbabweans fear violence during and after the elections.

  • 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.