Themes Archives: Political Participation

Uphold freedoms during the elections says Amnesty

This report highlights human rights concerns that need to be addressed by the Government of National Unity (GNU), political parties in Zimbabwe, the Southern Africa Development Community and the African Union in the run up to the 2013 harmonized elections. It is based on interviews with human rights defenders, political activists, and victims of human […]

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Statement on the just ended voter registration

HARARE, 10 July 2013– The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) notes the end of the 30 day mobile voter registration exercise, but is deeply concerned that many potential voters could have been left out of the process.  Reports received from ZESN observers and feedback from its social media platforms indicates that many people failed to register […]

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ZESN’s overview of Nomination Court Proceedings

29 June 2013-Harare. The Zimbabwe Election Support Network deployed volunteers nationwide to observe the nomination court proceedings on the 28th of June 2013. The environment during which candidates filed their papers for nomination was generally calm and ZESN teams observed that there were no major incidents.  The teams deployed in Matebeleland South, Masvingo, Harare, Matebeleland […]

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Alert: Arrest and assaults of WOZA members

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum notes with concern the arrests and police brutality against its member organisation, WOZA on Wednesday 13 February after they had staged a protest march outside Parliament building in Harare. The 9 women including WOZA leader Jenny Williams were assaulted and then arrested by the Police Reaction Group, which took […]

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First half of 2012: An Unstable Coalition, Escalation of Violence

2012 promised to be a crucial year for most Zimbabweans as preparations for the forthcoming elections and critical constitutional reforms appeared to be coming to fruition. During the first half of the year, President Mugabe was pushing for elections with or without a new constitution; and without major reforms, particularly media and state institutional reforms. […]

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