December 1, 2005

Zimbabwe: Evicted and Forsaken

Internally displaced persons in the aftermath of

Operation Murambatsvina

I. Summary
II. Recommendations
To the government of Zimbabwe
To the African Union
To the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR)
To the United Nations agencies operating in Zimbabwe
To Senior U.N. Officials, including the Secretary-General of the U.N., the Emergency Relief Coordinator, the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
To donor governments
III. Background
Operation Murambatsvina
Internal displacement in Zimbabwe
IV. Government's Failure to Assist and Protect the Displaced
Denial of vital assistance to the internally displaced
Government's obstruction of international humanitarian assistance
Protection and assistance to vulnerable groups ignored
Persons living with HIV/AIDS
Female-headed households and mothers of children with disabilities
Restrictions on economic activities
Involuntary relocation to rural areas
Denial of access to legal remedies
V. International Response to the Crisis
Planning and coordination
Failure to incorporate protection issues in the response plan
Lack of coordination and limited involvement of protection-oriented agencies
Devising a realistic strategy for addressing the needs of the internally displaced
Assessment and monitoring
Absence of comprehensive data
Monitoring the situation
Lack of coordination with local and international NGOs
Implementation of humanitarian programs
Lack of protection
Problems with delivery of assistance
Advocating for the rights of the displaced
VI. Conclusion
VII. Acknowledgements