The month of October saw a wave of dissent as civic organizations such as the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (ZINASU), Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (MOZA), Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR) and the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, took to the streets to protest against the deteriorating political and humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe as well as the seemingly unending political impasse between the main political parties.
As has become synonymous with demonstrations in Zimbabwe, the protestors were met with unrelenting force by the ZRP. This report chronicles how the different groups were prevented from freely exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
The Human Rights Forum is concerned at the heavy handedness in which state security agents, especially members of the ZRP, have dispersed peaceful demonstrations. Therefore, the Forum urges the authorities to stop criminalising the legal and peaceful behaviour of the demonstrators.