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Harassment of ZimRights continues
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
June 29, 2010
Harassment of members
continues at the behest of the Attorney General, Johhannes Tomana
who has commanded prosecution of Masvingo Regional Chair, Joel Hita.
lawyer Blessing Nyamaropa of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has been notified by Masvingo
area public prosecutor only identified as Shumba that the AG has
given the go ahead with the prosecution of Mr. Hita. Police will
continue to hold ZimRights photos since according to them they use
them as exhibits during the trial.
Mr. Hita was arrested
on the 27th of April this year just before ZimRights pictorial launch
in Masvingo and charged for allegedly holding a public meeting without
When Mr. Hita was arrested
in April, ZimRights photos were also confiscated but he was release
a day later. In as much as the police initially wanted to charge
Mr. Hita, they later preferred charges against the organization.
After review the state turned back and proceeded to press charges
against Mr. Hita and the docket was referred to the Attorney General
for advice. The docket has since been returned to Masvingo for prosecution,
and opened for Hita, and then was taken to the Attorney General
o give his judgement of the way forward.
continued harassment of human rights activists in their line of
duty and the selective application of repressive laws in the country.
It is our hope that the creation of a new constitution will enable
the country to repeal all repressive legislation, which has been
used with impunity against those working for the achievement of
true democracy in the country. ZimRights will rally behind Hita
and will see to it that justice is attained. Repressive laws like
continue to haunt Zimbabweans and as an organization we will continue
to advocate against such practice which deprive individuals of their
right to freedom of assembly among other rights violations.
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