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arrested women naked is the most gross and inhumane act by any standard
Exiles Forum (ZEF)
April 23, 2007
ZEF learns with
horror and disbelief at the most recent human rights violations
aimed at Zimbabwean women whose only crime was to carry placards
in protest against the power outages in Zimbabwe intending no harm
to anyone. It is someone’s mother who spent hours naked in front
of police officials and other prisoners, some young enough to be
her sons. The rights of women, the most vulnerable members of our
society, are continuously violated in soaring proportions, by the
Zimbabwean government, a country once known and admired for its
national customary moral values. This conduct by the Zimbabwean
security officials is not only infuriating, it is also outrageously
insane. This can only be an act of a paranoid government which is
even scared of its own shadow.
ZEF pleads with
other human rights organizations especially CEDAW to which Zimbabwe
acceded on 13 May 1991, to intervene in the plight of Zimbabwean
women, who of late are victims of the worst kind of cruel, inhumane
and degrading treatment.
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