NGO Forum seeks views on transitional justice

war_veteransHARARE The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum will next week organise a meeting in The Netherlands to gather the views of Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora on options for attaining transitional justice in the wake of resurgent state-sponsored violence and a history of impunity among Zanu (PF) functionaries.(Pictured: W

The workshop, jointly organised with the Amsterdam-based pressure group Zimbabwe Watch, is part of a wider transitional justice programme launched in 2009 by the forum which aims at gathering ordinary Zimbabweans views on how to build sustainable peace.

On Wednesday February 23 The International Office of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, in cooperation with Zimbabwe Watch, will organize a workshop for the Zimbabwean Diaspora in the Netherlands, the forum said. Kucaca Phulu and Okay Machisa, national chairman and director of forum member ZimRights, will act as facilitators during the workshop.

Phulu and Machisa are in Europe showing a ZimRights photo exhibition in Belfast, London and Geneva. The exhibition was banned in Zimbabwe last year, shortly after being opened by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. State-sponsored violence has reared its ugly head during the past month, with marauding gangs of Zanu (PF) supporters beating up and destroying property belonging to suspected members of Tsvangirais MDC-T party.

The attacks are expected to escalate as the country prepares for a referendum to decide on a new Constitution later this year, to be followed by elections possibly by the end of 2011 or in 2012. The alleged perpetrators have been allowed to roam the streets while their victims are arrested by a partisan police force.

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