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As Zimbabwe geared up for the historic Presidential run-off on 27 June 2008, ZANU PF embarked on a deplorable pre-election violence campaign. The report chronicles high levels of political intolerance by all political parties but more seriously violations of human rights by the ZANU PF party.
The gendered dimensions of politically motivated and state sponsored violence also become starkly clear, as the report documents gross violations of women’s and children’s rights. Often the underlying reason appears to be that the male partners and fathers were alleged to be involved in opposition politics.
Overall, the report notes high levels of cases of torture, abductions, displacement, rape and violations of the right to associate. All these activities appear to have been highly organised and orchestrated with great precision.
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