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Summary on politically motivated human rights and food related violations - November 2010
Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP)
December 17, 2010

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Politically motivated human rights violations have continued to be recorded in all the country's ten provinces with Manicaland Province leading the violations chart. The preparations for the ZANU PF conference scheduled for mid December in Manicaland contributed to high cases of human rights violations.

Tensions have arisen in many communities as a direct result of calls for the holding of elections next year, with political parties mobilising their party structures. Most of the violations that were recorded during the month of November have been cases of assault, intimidation, harassment and discrimination.

From Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Midlands and Masvingo victims had their rights violated by being forced to attend political party meetings and in most cases twice every week.

Military presence in communities has been a source of constant fear for villagers, who anticipate a repeat of the 2008 electoral violence at the hands of the ZANU PF militias and serving members of the army. Serving members from the army have been deployed into communities where they were allegedly urging villagers to support ZANU PF.

This report for the month of November also notes the partisan approach that has been adopted by traditional leaders from kraal heads to chiefs throughout the country. The traditional leaders are reported to be discriminating their subjects according to the political affiliation in most cases that were recorded.

The re-establishment of torture bases manned by war veterans and members of the ZANU PF youth league have continued in Mashonaland Central where such bases were detected in Muzarabani and Bindura districts. Cases of displacement were also recorded in the same province where initial beneficiaries to the government's land reform programme are now being evicted on suspicion of belonging to the MDC-T.

Similar cases were also recorded in Mashonaland West where more than 40 families had their homes destroyed and everyone evicted from the farm that they invaded at the beginning of the land reform programme in 2000. The families were staying in Gambuli Farm in Mhangura and the majority of them are now staying in the open while others have sought refuge with relatives in Chinhoyi.

This report also highlights cases where subsidised farming inputs from the government have been politicised in most of the provinces throughout the country. There were 277 cases of food and other forms aid related human rights violations that were recorded in November as compared to 216 incidents recorded in October. Most of the violations have been of harassment and discriminations and this could be attributed to the beginning of the farming season during the month under review.

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