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Monitor Issue 104
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
August 02, 2011
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gripped Zimbabwe, with recorded human rights violations inching
closer to 2008 levels when the country plunged into unprecedented
depths of instability, according to figures released by a leading
Peace Project (ZPP), which has monitors on the ground countrywide,
has just released a report showing that human rights violations
increased between June last year and June this year.
the ZPP report documenting the trend of human rights violations,
Zimbabwe is on the edge because political parties have intensified
campaigns for a general election whose date is yet to be announced.
Some of the parties, such as ZANU PF, have upped the use of violence
and intimidation, according to ZPP.
is in "full gear" resulting in people's rights
being violated on a larger scale than last year, according to the
motivated human rights violation cases recorded this past June were
1 014, up from 994 witnessed during the month of May, according
comparison makes much more sad reading.
the past four years, the highest number of violations during the
month of June was witnessed
in 2008 in the lead up to the inconclusive Presidential election
runoff when 3 758 cases were recorded. The violations eased significantly
in 2009 with 1 558 cases being recorded following the consummation
of the inclusive
government in February that year while in 2010 there were 913
cases," reads the ZPP report.
It notes that
the decline in abuses in June last year largely because coalition
government partners were still trying their best to hold the shaky
administration together-has failed to hold as the political temperature
has since changed as political rivals put their gloves off in preparation
for a watershed election, but at the expense of the general public.
cases were recorded in June last year, that figure has since spiked
to 1 014 recorded cases this past June, according to the ZPP report.
political situation has remained very tense across the country with
political parties . . . preparing for the holding of elections
as well as the constitutional referendum," noted ZPP.
ZPP says cases
of politically motivated violence remain high and the atmosphere
has remained volatile in Midlands, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central,
Mashonaland East and Masvingo provinces.
PF supporters have been accused of leading political violence in
the many incidents that were recorded during the month. Political
violence cases were recorded to be continuing in Manicaland province
despite interventions by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation
Committee (JOMIC) in rural Chimanimani and Headlands," reads
the ZPP report. JOMIC is a cross-party organ set up to monitor the
full implementation of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA), the founding accord to President
Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's fragile
coalition government. JOMIC is largely viewed as ineffective and
a waste of resources for its lack of teeth.
The two leaders-bitter
enemies since Prime Minister Tsvangirai formed the Movement for
Democratic Change party in 1999-are trapped in a coalition government
forced by an African Union (AU) resolution passed in June 2008.
The AU resolution,
taken in Egypt's Sharm el- Sheikh barely a week after President
Mugabe declared himself winner of a disputed solo presidential election
runoff, mandated regional leaders under the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) to supervise the negotiation of a coalition government
and ensure credible fresh elections.
reforms agreed to in the GPA aren't coming quickly enough,
ZPP says. Instead, the situation is worsening.
ZPP research show that
recorded human rights violations this past June are already reaching
almost half the cases recorded during the tumultuous 2008 period.
agents are back in action against civilians, says ZPP in its report.
say the brutal 2008 campaign by the military was on behalf of President
Mugabe, who was on a desperate comeback bid. This is after President
Mugabe lost-for the first time since he took power at independence
in 1980-an election in March
2008 to once trade unionist ally Prime Minister Tsvangirai.
The 1 014 cases
of human rights violations recorded by ZPP this past June are a
shy 2 744 from the cases recorded during the bloody 2008 period.
security agents and in particular members of the police force and
soldiers were accused of partisan application of the law during
the course of their work. This was evidenced in the manner in which
police officers handled the murder case of police Inspector Petros
Mutedza in Harare," read the ZPP report.
is referring to the rounding
up of two dozen Glen View residents, mostly MDC activists, following
the stoning to death of Inspector Mutedza in a neighbourhood beer
of the residents, Cynthia Manjoro on $500 bail on bail
on Thursday, High Court Judge Justice Samuel Kudya described the
State case against her as weak. Matters of the belly have also come
under attack, showing how human rights violations are affecting
even the most basic survival of communities that are viewed as politically
of food and other forms of aid was also recorded during the month
under review with high indications that the folly is going to increase
in the next months as more and more Zimbabweans will rely on food
aid in the coming months due to poor harvests in some parts of the
country. Humanitarian organisations are now carrying out surveys
and registering possible beneficiaries," read the ZPP report.
and government figures indicate that over 1, 7 million Zimbabweans,
close to a tenth of the population, will require food aid this year.
This is after a promising 2010-2011 main summer agricultural season
turned disastrous because of a mid-season drought and poor capacity
by newly resettled farmers.
The ZPP report
cites ZANU PF as the main perpetrator of political violence against
rival parties. But infighting for positions within the former ruling
party has also come at a cost to ordinary people.
within ZANU PF has been ongoing as new candidates are facing stiff
resistance from the party's heavy weights in the fight to
represent the party during the next general elections," reads
the ZPP report.
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