1. Zimbabwe News on HRW.org
  2. Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Statement on Elections and Post-Election Violence
  3. Facebook Live: August 10 at 11am EST
  4. Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa's Statement on Release of Tendai Biti
  5. Tendai Biti Appears in Court in Harare
  6. Response to Zambian Government Explanation of Asylum Denial and Deportation Order
  7. UNHCR Statement on Deportation of Opposition Members
  8. Denied Asylum by Zambia, Opposition Leader Back in Harare
  9. Zambia Denies Asylum Claim by Zimbabwe Opposition Leader
  10. Treatment of Opposition Leader Condemned
  11. Zambia Denies Asylum Claims from Opposition Members
  12. Statement from United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Eliot Engel
  13. Update: Opposition Members In Zambia Awaiting Word on Asylum Claims
  14. Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Arrives in Zambia
  15. Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Statement on Army's Response to August 1 Protests
  16. Abductions, Beatings, & Harassment as Armed Men Hunt for Opposition Officials
  17. Growing International Concerns Over Zimbabwe Rights Situation
  18. Zimbabwe: Intensified Crackdown on Opposition
  19. Opposition Rejects Election Results
  20. The Elders Call on Zimbabwe to End the Violence
  21. Soldiers on Rampage in Harare’s High-Density Suburbs
  22. Zimbabwe Police Break-Up Press Conference
  23. Zimbabwe: At Least 6 Dead in Post-Election Violence
  24. Uneasy Calm in Harare
  25. Zimbabwe Government Should Investigate Killings
  26. Analysis of Violence in Harare
  27. Violent Protests Break Out in Harare
  28. Regional Bodies Report on Zimbabwe Elections
  29. Anxiety, Tension Awaiting Zimbabwe Election Results
  30. Huge Turnout Predicted as Zimbabweans Vote in Historic Election
  31. Intimidation, Harassment Increase in Zimbabwe’s Rural Areas
  32. Threat of Violence Looms as Zimbabwe Elections Approach

Zimbabwe Elections and Human Rights

On July 30, Zimbabweans vote in the first national elections which, for the first time in 38 years will not have Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper. If necessary, a presidential runoff election will be held on September 8. This blog will post live updates from a Human Rights Watch team on the ground in Zimbabwe focusing on the human rights environment including the full enjoyment of rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly prior to, during, and after the elections. This blog will spotlight security forces involvement in the electoral process, application of the laws, and incidents of intimidation and violence and the overall impact on the elections.

Zimbabwe News on HRW.org

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Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa's Statement on Release of Tendai Biti

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has issued a statement announcing the release of Tendai Biti. We will update as more information is known. 

Tendai Biti Appears in Court in Harare

Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti appeared in court today after being taken into police custody following his asylum claim denial in Zambia.

Response to Zambian Government Explanation of Asylum Denial and Deportation Order

Zambia violated its domestic and international law obligations when it forcibly returned Tendai Biti and three others to Zimbabwe after they applied for asylum and in defiance of a court order barring such deportation. 

UNHCR Statement on Deportation of Opposition Members

The UN Refugee Agency has issued a statement expressing concern over Zambia's refusal of asylum claims and subsequent deportation of Tendai Biti and other Zimbabwe opposition members.