Continuation and further escalation of post-election violence

The month of May saw a continuation and further escalation of the post-election violence that erupted in April following the announcement of the results of the House of Assembly elections in the 29 March harmonized elections. In these, for the first time since independence in 1980, the opposition won the majority of seats in the House of Assembly.

The violations continued to expose the government of Zimbabwe’s failure to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of its citizens which were violated by private actors and state agents such as police, army and intelligence officers. Although most of the violations were perpetrated by non-state actors, the government must take liability, as it was not able to fulfil its international obligations to protect their citizens from harmful acts of others.

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