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Crisis Report Issue 149
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
February 18, 2013

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Human Rights Defender Chamahwinya granted bail

The human rights defender and ZimRights Education Programmes Officer, Leo Chamahwinya was granted US$ 1000. 00 bail, after spending 67 days in remand prison by Justice Mwayera at Harare's Rotten Row Magistrates Court today, Monday, February 18, 2013.

Chamahwinya will have to report at Harare Central Police Station once every week, remain at the residence stated to the police and must not interfere with investigations as part of the bail conditions.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Director McDonald Lewanika said Chamahwinya's reunion with freedom was welcome; nevertheless the dark cloud of the escalating crackdown on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) needs to be expelled in totality.

"Our position remains clear that the release of Chamahwinya is welcome, but a piecemeal victory. What we want is the complete halt of the criminalization of the work of non-governmental organisations, which is happening across the country on an escalating scale.

"What we want is a free operational environment that is adequate to guarantee the durable democraticness of Zimbabwe through a free and fair election in line with what is stipulated in the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Anything short of that unequivocal end to unnecessary hostilities being unilaterally perpetrated on NGOs by the state will not warrant celebrations from our part," said the Crisis Director.

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