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MDC dismisses Chinamasa human rights report
for Democratic Change (MDC)
October 08, 2011
The MDC dismisses the appalling report on the human rights situation
in Zimbabwe that will be presented by Patrick Chinamasa at the United
Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday. Chinamasa
is not a suitable candidate to make any submissions on human rights
in Zimbabwe as he is one of the leading human rights abusers in
In the late 1990s when Chinamasa was appointed the
Minister of Justice, one of his first moves was to preside over
the destruction of the judiciary system in Zimbabwe. Since then
thousands of MDC and human rights activists have been arrested and
brought before the courts of law facing various false charges as
the judiciary system became compromised.
At the same time known Zanu PF criminals have been
left scot free due to interference by Chinamasa and other Zanu PF
politicians in the country's judiciary system. The MDC would
like to know why there has been no progress in the arrest of known
murderers of Tonderai Ndira, Better Chokururama, Godfrey Kauzani,
Rwisai Nyakauru and hundreds of MDC members.
In 2002, following what Chinamasa considered a lenient
conviction of three US citizens who were caught and convicted of
smuggling arms in an aircraft, Zimbabwean High Court judge Fergus
Blackie brought successful charges against Chinamasa for a conviction
of contempt of court.
Chinamasa had Blackie immediately arrested on charges
of "corruption," on the grounds of having decided the
case of a white woman improperly (on the basis of an alleged adulterous
relationship and racist bias), and without the support of the other
judge who was sitting with him on the matter.
At the end of the trial, Chinamasa declared various
non governmental organisations (NGOs) illegal and closed them leaving
thousands of people including children in the country to starve.
Chinamasa is an illegal beneficiary of multiple
farms following his violent grabbing of farms despite calls for
one man one farm. Some of these farms are; Tsukamai in Headlands
and Nyamazura in Rusape.
In his periodic report to the United Nations Human
Rights Council, on Monday, Chinamasa will do nothing but misrepresent
facts on the pathetic human rights situation in Zimbabwe to the
In his report
Chinamasa claims Zimbabwe has made progress in improving its human
rights situation, citing treaties and international instruments
signed and ratified by the government such as the Convention Against
the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Convention on the Rights of
the Child and International Convention on the Elimination of Racial
However, the Zanu PF report does not explain why
Zimbabwe has not ratified outstanding human rights treaties such
as the UN Convention Against Torture, Cruel or Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment, and International Convention for the Protection
of all persons Against Enforced Disappearances.
Further Zimbabwe has not ratified protocols such
as the Convention Against the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination
Against Women, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
As Chinamasa would be reading his Zanu PF report,
the MDC has in 2011 alone, recorded that 335 MDC and human rights
activists have been arrested by Zanu PF supporters or state security
agents. This translates to more than one arrest per day. Thousands
others have been harassed and intimidated across the country. The
army is patrolling in the villagers harassing innocent villagers.
that Zimbabwe's Constitution
guarantees freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment; that there
is a police complaints desk at every police station in Zimbabwe
and that the country has incorporated the rights to a fair trial
and access to justice in the legal system.
On the ground,
we have reports from Mbare in Harare, where MDC activists and members
have been arrested making reports to the police after being assaulted
by Zanu PF thugs. MDC members continue to be remanded in custody
on trumpe-up charges. On Friday, 7 October, the MDC Youth
Assembly chairperson, Solomon Madzore was remanded in custody on
charges of murdering a police officer in May. A total of 27
members have been arrested on the same allegations.
In August this
year, Chinamasa caused the premature end to the debate on the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) Amendment Bill in the Senate when
he lied to the legislators that the matter was being negotiated
as part of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA).
As the MDC,
we dismiss with the contempt it deserves attempts by Chinamasa and
Zanu PF to claim that the report to be tabled in Geneva on Monday
is a government report. As part of the inclusive
government, the MDC ministers were never consulted about the
report which glosses over the real situation of what is happening
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