The human rights climate in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate without the government taking any meaningful steps to uphold rights and ensure justice for serious past abuses. Repression of civil society organizations and activists continued unabated in 2022 and into 2023. In February 2023, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he would sign into law a bill amending the Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO) Act, which would severely restrict the operations of nongovernmental organizations. This would further undermine the right to freedom of association in the country, particularly ahead of general elections expected in July or August 2023.


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