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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
for investigation into killing of activist and release of peaceful
AI Index: AFR 46/001/2007
March 12, 2007
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today demanded an immediate investigation into the killing of Gift
Tandare, a Zimbabwean activist shot dead by riot police yesterday
at a demonstration in Harare.
also expressed serious concern for the welfare of Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) leaders Morgan Tsvangirai, currently in detention at
Borrowdale Police Station, and Arthur Mutambara, detained at Avondale
Police Station. Both have been severely beaten while in police custody.
including Tendai Biti, the Secretary General of the Tsvangirai-led
MDC; Grace Kwinje, the Party's Deputy Secretary for International
Relations; and Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the MDC, have also
sustained severe injuries while in police custody. Grace Kwinje
is reported to have lost part of her ear as a result of the beatings.
called for all detainees who engaged in non-violent protest to be
calling on the Zimbabwean government to immediately release all
those arrested for peaceful protests," said Kolawole Olaniyan,
Director of Amnesty International's Africa Programme. "The
killing of Gift Tandare must be investigated immediately and the
perpetrators bough to justice. The government must also guarantee
the safety and well-being of all those in police custody. All detainees
should be given immediate access to their lawyers and medical care."
of Gift Tandare took place during a protest against a police ban
on all peaceful demonstrations in Harare's low income suburb of
Highfield. The demonstration was organised by the Save Zimbabwe
chairperson of the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), is in detention at Malborough
Police Station and has also been severely beaten while in police
custody. He reportedly has a broken hand and head injuries, for
which he has received medical care.
are reported to have sustained injuries following excessive use
of force by riot police, who were attempting to disperse the demonstrators.
Amnesty International fears that those in police custody may be
subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by police.
reports, over 50 people were arrested at the demonstration and remain
The state media
has also reported that three policemen also sustained injuries while
dispersing the protestors.
been denied access to all those in detention except for Lovemore
Madhuku and Grace Kwinge.
added that those arrested for engaging in violent protest should
be guaranteed a fair trial.
is deeply concerned by the severe restrictions of freedom of expression,
assembly and association following the blanket ban on rallies and
demonstrations from 20 February to 20 May 2007.
27 of the Public
Order and Security Act, which is being cited by police to implement
the three-month ban, public demonstrations can only be prohibited
for a specified period 'not exceeding one month'.
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