Back to Index, Back to Special Index
This article participates on the following special index pages:
Zimbabwe's Elections 2013 - Index of Articles
Trends of political violence report January - June 2013
July 21, 2013
PDF version (363KB)
If you do not have the free Acrobat reader
on your computer, download it from the Adobe website by clicking
Trust continue to track and record human rights violations in Zimbabwe’s
political hotspots through its weekly trends of political violence
update. This issue is an analysis of violations that Heal Zimbabwe
captured in the period from January to June 2013. The period under
review witnessed varying developments in the political landscape
in Zimbabwe with major highlights being the signing of a new constitution
into law, the election date debate, SADC summits and rulings on
Zimbabwe, harassment of civil society activists and organisations
by the state, voter registration and more recently political party
primary elections. Overt and covert violations were recorded in
the last six months, assault, arson and abductions were the notable
overt violations and were witnessed mainly in Midlands, Mashonaland
East and Mashonaland Central. The covert cases of violence such
as intimidation, harassment and forced attendance to meetings top
the list of violations since all provinces recorded such cases.
Masvingo province recorded the highest cases of intimidation while
Mashonaland West was generally peaceful and recorded isolated cases
of intimidation in Karoi district.
As HZT, we believe
in Zimbabwe were bound to happen anyway at the end of the Inclusive
Government. However, these elections were supposed to take place
in an environment in which reforms that are meant to ensure security
of citizens and free participation of everyone have been implemented.
Most importantly, the GPA,
article VII that speaks to issues of national healing and article
XVIII that speaks on the need to prosecute perpetrators of political
violence is a clear indication that the Inclusive Government had
a mandate to prevent further violence. This however, has not been
implemented, perpetrators still remain unaccounted for by the law.
There have been limited attempts by the Inclusive Government in
restoring people's confidence in state institutions that are responsible
for the security of the citizens. As HZT, an election that is free
of intimidation and human rights abuses is what we demand. We call
for the operationalisation of the Human Rights Commission especially
now as we heard towards elections. HZT applauds the political leaders
for their efforts in campaigning for peaceful elections and therefore
we call upon them to walk the peace talk.
the Heal Zimbabwe fact
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.