ZEF to fight for justice for women-(08-02-07

JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum plans to petition the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights for justice for women fleeing political persecution in Zimbabwe.
"We have already taken three cases to ACHPR and we are looking for other avenues to seek international justice," ZEF Exec

utive Director, Gabriel Shumba, recently told a Women’s Rights Workshop.
In partnership with the Canadian-based International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, ZEF has documented atrocities against women by the Mugabe regime.
“We hold the government of Zimbabwe vicariously liable for the perpetration of violations through its agents – members of the Zanu (PF) state security machinery such as the CIO, the army intelligence department and youth militia, commonly known as the green bombers,” said Shumba.
Further complaints will be shortly placed before the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Several recent reports chronicle and expose the abuse of Zimbabwean women at home and in South Africa. A report commissioned by Crisis Coalition last year revealed that Zimbabwean women escaping from Mugabe’s atrocities were vulnerable to sexual abuse by South Africa Police.
Witwatersrand University and Zimbabwe Torture Victims Project also released damning reports on how police were abusing Zimbabwe women coming to South Africa. – Own correspondent

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