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Justice Under Siege

The promises of the new dispensation have disintegrated. From the hope and optimism that characterised the November 2017 transition from the de facto one-man rule under Robert Mugabe, many Zimbabweans are now left with a lasting sense of despair and hopelessness. It appears the justice delivery system has been weaponised against government critics, and due…

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Launch of “Hear them Cry”: An Analysis of State Violence Against Children During the January 2019 Protests

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum compiled a report analysing state violence against children during the January 2019 protests titled – Hear them Cry. Representatives from various organisations which interact with children’s rights came to the launch and joined in the commemorations on the Universal Children’s Day which coincided with the launch of the Report.…

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Political Violence Update Report

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum), which exists primarily to respond to and alleviate instances of organised violence and torture in Zimbabwe, has noted an escalation in cases of politically motivated violence from mid-September to date. The cases range from arbitrary arrests, malicious damage to property, arson, threats/harassment/intimidation as well as assault and…

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September Newsletter 2022

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum director Musa Kika has said Zimbabwe urgently needs democratic, not authoritarian consolidation to end the human rights abuses and violence that is rocking the country ahead of the 2023 polls. In his remarks on this year’s International Day of Democracy commemorated every year on 15 September, Kika said the promise…

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June Newsletter 2022

Most Zimbabweans fear the 2023 general elections could be bloody 2023 as political tensions between the ruling ZANU-PF and opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) continue to escalate, research by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) has shown. In its 2021 State of Peace Report launched in Harare and Bulawayo on 23 June, ZimRights said there…

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Nyatsime Violence Detainees Status Update

On 14 June 2022, violence rocked Chitungwiza’s Nyatsime suburb as members of the opposition party, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), and the ruling party, Zimbabwe African National UnionPatriotic Front (ZANU-PF), clashed over the death of a CCC activist, Moreblessing Ali. The violence resulted in the destruction of homes, business premises, vehicles and other household property. Following…

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Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 2022

Statement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at the 71st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights under Agenda Item 4e 21 April – 13 May 2022 Statement on the Overall Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe Honorable Chairperson, Commissioners; Heads of Governments; civil society representatives; ladies and gentlemen. The…

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March Newsletter 2022

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) has approached the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) imploring the human rights body to probe the country’s deteriorating human rights record. In a communication filed with the Commission on 2 March 2022, the grouping of 22 civic groups said the Zimbabwean government has…

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PUNCHING HOLES INTO A FRAGILE ECONOMY?

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are playing an increasingly important role as agents of development. The growth and expansion of NGOs across the globe is testament to their growing role in the development process. Effective partnerships between governments and NGOs are recognised as being crucial in accelerating sustainable development. The role of NGOs is even more important…

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Communiqué by SADC CSOs on the current human rights situation in Zimbabwe

On 13 August 2020 the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network hosted a SADC CSOs engagement on the current human rights situation in Zimbabwe. This was on the sidelines of the 40th SADC Ordinary Summit.  SADC organisations, namely, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (South Africa), Center for Democracy and Development…

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2018 Annual Report

Our Genesis The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum), was established in 1998. The Forum came into existence following the State’s repressive response to the 1998 Food Riots. From an initial membership of eight human rights organisations in Zimbabwe, the Forum has grown to twenty human rights organisations working in areas of women’s rights, children’s…

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About The Forum

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) is a coalition of twenty-two human rights NGOs in Zimbabwe. The Forum’s activities include transitional justice work, research and documentation, and public interest litigation. Learn more about us.

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