The Need for Legal and Institutional Reforms Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections
January 10, 2013
This report assesses the legislative and electoral reforms undertaken by the unity government, which was established in 2009 after the 2008 elections resulted in violence. The unity government consists of the former ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two factions of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Human Rights Watch stated the deeply fractured unity government has failed to reform key laws or the justice system, which remains extremely partisan toward ZANU-PF. It has also failed to hold accountable those responsible for past human rights abuses, including during the 2008 electoral violence.
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ISBN: 1-56432-974-7