July was a busy month in terms of the number of human rights violations which took place. The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) took to the streets on 12 July protesting in favour of constitutional reform. 128 NCA activists were arrested in Harare and 10 in Mutare following these demonstrations. In both instances, the police are said to have assaulted and tortured some of the activists during arrest and subsequent detention. Furthermore, the activists were detained in inhabitable police cells.
The Forum deplores the use of assault and torture by the police during arrests and detention. The Forum further urges the responsible authorities to abide by the prohibitions of torture as espoused in the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman and degrading Treatment and Punishment.