February 2007 can be aptly dubbed the “month of demonstrations”. In this month, many civil society organizations staged demonstrations at different levels.
In exercising the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, civil society organizations were met with brute force and repression by the state. Reports indicated that widows and elderly women in St Mary’s were brutally assaulted after demonstrating against high rentals and high water bills. The MDC also demonstrated against the Presidential elections being scheduled for 2010 rather than the original 2008.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum continues to implore the government of Zimbabwe to respect the right of Zimbabweans to assemble, associate and express themselves freely as enshrined in the Constitution and international human rights instruments to which Zimbabwe is a party.