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Trends of politically motivated human rights violations: January-December
February 27, 2013
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In January 2012,
Heal Zimbabwe Trust embarked on an exercise to collect, analyse
and verify cases of politically motivated violence and other human
rights violations that threatened or derail peace building and national
healing initiatives across the country. On a weekly basis, through
its community structures, the organization compiled all incidences
of political violence in a bid to inform stakeholders within and
outside the concerned communities on violations that occurred. In
the course of the year, Heal Zimbabwe issued a half-year trend analysis
report on politically motivated human rights violations. This report
is therefore an overall analysis of the political atmosphere with
regard to all forms of politically motivated violence. This is an
analysis of the weekly alert system that Heal Zimbabwe produced
between January and December 2012.
In the year
2012, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces recorded the highest cases
of politically motivated violence while Mashonaland West, Harare
and Matabeleland provinces recorded the least cases for the year.
The most common forms of politically motivated human rights violations
in the period under review were intimidation, harassment and assault.
The parties involved in most cases were MDC T and ZANU PF members.
The 2008 political
violence that left close to 300 people dead and thousands displaced
was in the period under review used as a tool for continued intimidation.
A number of communities reported that those who are responsible
for the intimidation taking place continue to tell the targeted
victims that a repeat of what happened in 2008 or worse victimization
can happen to anyone perceived to be "hard headed" and
not prepared to "repent". Cases of politicisation of food
aid distribution exercises and other Government support programmes
in drought prone areas have been recorded every month especially
in Zaka, Buhera and Muzarabani. Political power struggles are then
used to influence who gets the handouts and in some cases Non-Governmental
Organizations who would have donated these handouts are not aware
of the underlying politicking that happens in beneficiary selection
and assume all is well. Traditional leaders particularly village
headmen and village heads have played significant roles in the manipulation
of food aid and other forms of support.
by the report- Mashonaland Central- Chaona, Mt Darwin, Mazowe, Chiweshe,
Muzarabani, Manicaland-Mutasa, Makoni, Buhera, Nyanga, Mashonaland
East-Mutoko, Hwedza, Murehwa, Mudzi, Matabeleland- Bulawayo, Midlands-
Gokwe, Kwekwe, Sanyati, Masvingo- Mwenezi, Zaka, Gutu, Mashonaland
West-Hurungwe, Harare- Mbare, Epworth, Chitungwiza.
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