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

  • 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 ...
  • Transitional Justice in Pre-transitional Times. Are there any lessons for Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is a country that has been the subject of sustained impunity for gross human rights violations, from the pre-colonial period to present. Acts of gross human rights violations that include extra-judicial killings, murders, torture displacements, enforced starvation, and detentions, amongst other human rights violations have been committed with impunity. This has raised demands for ...
  • Organised Violence & Torture Report: February 2017 Zimbabwe’s political terrain continues to be defined by violence. As preparations for the 2018 harmonized elections gather momentum, cases of inter party violence were reported and documented. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) were reported as the main perpetrators of violence. The country is currently under threats ...
  • State of Human Rights In Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is a nation with a long and reprehensible history of gross human rights violations abetted by a political culture of impunity. The use of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment appear as a central element of State agents’ treatment of citizens perceived as being in opposition to the ruling ZANU PF party and those attempting to exercise ...
  • January Organised Violence and Torture Report The Zimbabwe social, political and economic situation remains fragile, which has a debilitating effect on citizens’ livelihood and well-being. As the country moves towards the 2018 elections, stakes have risen and structures of violence are beginning to emerge. The Bikita West by- election pointed to potential violence in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections. The by-election ...
  • The economic cost of police brutality This report provides an insight into the direct and indirect economic costs of police brutality on victims in Zimbabwe, from events related to the violations of citizens’ rights during the social uprising that took place in Zimbabwe between July and August 2016. Read more …THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF POLICE BRUTALITY IN ZIMBABWE
  • 3rd QPVR 2016 The Quarterly Political and Human Rights Violations Report is a monitoring tool to track and document trends in civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights violations. This report covers the period between July and September 2016 and highlights developments through statistics and, trends in human rights violations. Read more …Third quarterly Political & Human Rights Violations ...

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