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Planned Displacements to Make Way for Commercial Venture

(Johannesburg) – The Zimbabwe government is evicting thousands of people from an indigenous minority group from their communal land, Human Rights Watch said today. The order affects more than 13,000 people of the Shangani minority. On February 26,…
Staff from the Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD Trust) consult with members of the Chilonga community in Chiredzi.
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Dozens Arrested, Harassed for Peaceful Protests

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union should urgently and publicly speak out against the Zimbabwe government’s crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests on July 31, 2020. Zimbabwe…
Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga (center) and her colleague Julie Barnes hold placards as they are arrested during an anti-corruption protest march in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 31, 2020.  © 2020 ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP
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Severe Water, Sanitation Crisis Undermines Pandemic Fight

(Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe government measures to combat COVID-19 should include urgently providing continuous and affordable access to sufficient safe water to people across the country. Long before the coronavirus pandemic, much of…
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Leaders Should Promote Human Rights Across Region

  (Johannesburg) – Weak domestic and regional institutions undermined human rights in several Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries during 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Arbitrary Arrests, Subversion Charges Part of Broader Crackdown

  (Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe’s authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group…
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Address Needs of Children Most Likely to Be Out of School

(Harare) – Zimbabwe’s parliament should strengthen the Education Amendment Bill of 2019 to fully adhere to every child’s right to a quality primary and secondary education, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to Priscilla Misihairabwi-…
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Expectations for Transitions Fall Short

(Johannesburg) – New leadership in key Southern Africa countries renewed hope for greater respect for human rights, but the region’s leaders failed to live up to expectations in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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End Excessive Force, Investigate Deaths and Injuries

Zimbabwe security forces fatally shot at least five people and wounded 25 others during a crackdown on nationwide protests beginning January 14, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s sudden announcement of…
Protesters block the main route to Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, from Epworth township on January 14 2019 after a hike in fuel prices was announced. © 2019 JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images
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End Attacks, Hold Those Responsible To Account

(Harare) – The Zimbabwe Security Forces and unidentified gunmen have intensified a crackdown on supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDCA) in the aftermath of August 1, 2018 post-election protests…
Zimbabween soldiers stand guard as citizens run through the Harare's streets, on August 1, 2018.
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Promptly, Impartially Investigate Security Forces’ Use of Force

(Harare) – The Zimbabwe government should immediately and impartially investigate the use of force by security forces to clamp down on post-election protests in Harare on August 1, 2018. Soldiers and anti-riot police were implicated in…
Zimbabween soldiers stand guard as citizens run through the Harare's streets, on August 1, 2018.
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(Johannesburg) –Human Rights Watch researchers will be in Zimbabwe from July 23 to August 7, 2018, to monitor the human rights environment around upcoming national elections on July 30, and any runoff election on September 8. Live updates from the team on…
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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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President Mnangagwa Should Act on Pledge for Free, Fair Vote

(Harare) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated promises that elections…
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa announces the date for the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 30, 2018. © 2018 Reuters
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Government, Companies Failing to Protect Workers, Small-Scale Farmers

(Harare) – Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child labor and other human rights abuses on…
A farmworker stands near a tobacco field on a farm east of Harare, Zimbabwe.
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New Leaders Should Reject Past Abuses, Defend Rights

(Johannesburg) – Southern African governments clamped down on vocal journalists, activists, and opposition politicians in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. South Africa, which chairs the Southern…
A delegate attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Some Mugabe Associates May Be in Military Detention

(Harare) – Zimbabwe authorities should uphold the rights of everyone detained following the military takeover of the government on November 15, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should publicly acknowledge the identities…
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Latest Arrest Shows Need to Investigate Police Abuse of Journalists

(Harare) – Zimbabwe authorities should immediately end the crackdown on the media, Human Rights Watch, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, and Media Centre said today. The government should create an independent body to impartially…
U.S. citizen Martha O'Donovan is led into a remand truck outside court in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 4, 2017. © 2017 Reuters
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Little Progress as Regional Body Marks 25th Anniversary

(Johannesburg) –The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of…
Billboard advertising the 2016 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Mbabane, Swaziland.
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Police Ignore Court Orders, Demolish Homes

(Johannesburg) – Anti-riot police have harassed, beaten, and ordered some 200 families off a farm linked to President Robert Mugabe’s family, Human Rights Watch said today. The police affirmed in a court filing that the Arnolds Farm in…
Two women clean pots and plates in front of the remains of their demolished house at Arnolds Farm, Mazowe. Anti-riot police, who claim the farm is owned by the First Family, demolished the house on May 9, 2017, despite two court orders prohibiting the dem
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Property Grabbing Leaves Many Older Women Destitute

  (Harare) – Widows in Zimbabwe are routinely evicted from their homes and land, and their property is stolen by in-laws when their husbands die, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of Zimbabwe should urgently…
Two widows in eastern Zimbabwe, facing harassment from in-laws who are trying to force them to vacate their homes and fields. Rural Eastern Zimbabwe, October 2016.