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Zimbabwe and Human Rights
Human rights in Zimbabwe continue to suffer. This decline has been reported by numerous sources including the international media. In May 2003 Amnesty International reported “Since 2000, the human rights situation in Zimbabwe has undergone a rapid decline.” In June 2003 Human Rights Watch reported “The political violence prevalent in rural areas since 2000 has now become common in urban centers, and non-political actors such as civic organizations and church leaders are increasingly targeted. The majority of the violence in recent months has been committed by state security forces and youth militias.”
In March 2002 Zimbabwe had a highly disputed election that featured intimidation, death and irregularities. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the victim of the intimidation and irregularities, seriously challenged ZANU-PF and its leader Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who has lead the country since independence. In the lead up to the election Mugabe declared “We will never allow the MDC to rule.”
Betrayed by Janice McLaughlin,
a longtime supporter of the struggle for independence and freedom in
A small footnote to the 1980 election involved Southern
Africa Committee. Michael Schuster, an
Links on Zimbabwe and Human Rights
Community-based care of the survivors of torture and organized violence.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum (also known as the “Human Rights Forum”) has been in existence since January 1998. The Forum assists victims of organized violence. It operates a legal unit and a research unit. It consists of eleven core organizations and one associate member. Includes information on political violence during the 2002 election.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (also known as the "Human Rights Forum") consists of a dozen organization that created the Forum January 1998. This web site includes monthly reports on political violence.