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Despite SADC mediation initiative politically-motivated violence in Zimbabwe continues | Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

Despite SADC mediation initiative politically-motivated violence in Zimbabwe continues

After promises of changing the political environment especially in recognition of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediation initiative between the ZANU PF and the two MDCs, politically motivated violence, and use of force by state security agents in Zimbabwe continued in September albeit at reduced levels compared to August 2007.

This report records that in the month of September there were 29 cases of violations on the freedoms of association, expression and movement. A total of 86 cases were recorded for unlawful arrest and detention against citizens who were demonstrating, attending meetings or simply belonging to an organization that was deemed to be propagating information considered to be criminal by the police.

The Forum notes with deep concern the continued harassment, intimidation and torture of students in higher and tertiary education institutions by state security agents acting in concert with security officers from the different institutions. This report also details the level of victimisation that students’ institutions of higher and tertiary learning continue to endure for questioning the GoZ on such issues as the availability, accessibility and quality of education in Zimbabwe.

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