Publications

Our publications cover the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and represent a unique resource for governments, NGOs, journalists, academics and human rights activists. Regularly featured in the global media, they offer a compelling analysis of the human rights developments that is based original research.

Our current publications – including reports from our members – cover a wide spectrum of human rights and can be accessed below.

Our monthly human rights bulletin has been published since the Forum’s foundation, with some interruptions, and spans over 80 issues. We also published more than 90 monthly political violence reports, but please note that this series was discontinued in 2009. Other reports covering political violence can be accessed here. Recently, we began a new series of biannual human rights reports.

Please note that many of our publications do not fall in any of these categories, hence they can best be accessed in the complete publications archive, where an advanced search is available to filter them quickly and conveniently by theme and source.

We also plan to gather all key documents on human rights in Zimbabwe (e.g. national legislation, UPR reports, decisions of the African Commission on Zimbabwe), to be published soon.

Our most recent publications

  • April to June 2018 Quarterly OVT Report This report captures the violations recorded between March and June 2018. See April to June 2018
  • January to March 2018 Quarterly OVT Report This report captures the violations documented between January and March 2018.  See Jan to March 2018
  • 2018 Post Election Violence Monitoring Report: 01 – 09 August 2018 Following a relatively peaceful 30 July 2018 plebiscite, violent protests broke out in Harare on 1 August 2018.  The Zimbabwe National Army, (ZNA) was deployed into the streets, indiscriminately shooting and assaulting civilians. 6 people died from gunshots  and  many  others  were  injured.   Violence  broke  out  in  mostly  high  density suburbs and villages as the ...
  • Taking Stock of Our Human Rights Journey 23 May 2018 This year 2018, the world commemorates 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone in human history which marked an unprecedented commitment by ...
  • Civil Society Expectations Of and Requests To The Emerging Government Of Zimbabwe We, the undersigned civil society organisations based and working in Zimbabwe welcome the peaceful and smooth transition in the presidium currently underway in Zimbabwe. We congratulate the incoming President and all members of his emerging government. It is our hope that this transition will usher in a new era in Zimbabwe based on the recognition ...
  • Africa Human Rights Day: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) joins the rest of the continent in commemorating Africa Human Rights Day. The day is commemorated annually on 21 October and provides an opportunity for Africans to reflect and recommit on the solemn declaration undertaken by the African leaders and the African people to promote and safeguard ...
  • Predisposing the Scourge of Political Violence Political violence in Zimbabwe has always been a cause for concern. It curses our society. Very little effort or headway has been made to address this historical problem. Because violence has deep roots in our society, it requires “a holistic and concerted approach to address it”. An Analysis On Political Violence Reports
  • May Organised Violence and Torture Report The intra and inter- party violence trend has persisted during the month of May. The culture of political intolerance is embedded in Zimbabwe’s politics. ZANU PF supporters were the main culprits behind political intolerance. Reports of ZANU-PF supporters attacking opposition party members appear to be increasing, as members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), ...
  • April Organised Violence and Torture Report The political environment continued to be defined by lack of political tolerance among political parties. Political intolerance manifested in the form of assaults, harassment and intimidation, violation of freedom of association and withdrawal of food aid and agricultural inputs to perceived and real opposition members by ZANU-PF supporters. Cases of inter-party political violence involving ZANU-PF ...
  • March Organised Violence and Torture Report Zimbabwe continues to face serious challenges on the political, economic and social front. The state of human rights situation remains unchanged and continues to be defined by rights violations. On the political front, there is a real threat of political instability and potential violence as the country prepares for the harmonized elections in 2018 as ...

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