ZLHR strongly condemns the acts of surveillance and intimidation of Jestina Mukoko

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) advises that on 15 November 2011 between 08:10 and 08:45hrs an unidentified man who was driving a Black Rhino double-cab vehicle stalked Jestina Mukoko who was exercising her right to freedom of movement around greater Harare.

Jestina Mukoko
Jestina Mukoko

ZLHR recalls that similar acts of surveillance targeting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the past have culminated in serious life-threatening security incidents such as abduction and enforced disappearance, and that Jestina Mukoko was also a victim of such surveillance that ended up in her being disappeared on 3 December 2008.

ZLHR deplores such acts of surveillance which amount to scare tactics aimed at silencing HRDs like Jestina Mukoko from carrying out their legitimate activities in Zimbabwe.

While ZLHR was not able to ascertain the identity of this unidentified man in the Black Rhino, such cars are known to be owned by, or linked to, state agents and have in the past been associated with the state.

ZLHR condemns these renewed attacks on HRDS especially with the anticipation of elections in the near future. ZLHR is also greatly concerned given the upsurge in cases of violence that have been witnessed in the last few weeks in Harare as well as other parts of the country.

Other than condemning these renewed attacks on Jestina Mukoko, ZLHR implores the state to respect the important work that is played by HRDs in the advancement of human rights promotion and protection in Zimbabwe. ZLHR urges the government of Zimbabwe to forthwith take concrete measures to ensure that the security of HRDs is protected at all times in Zimbabwe by fully implementing the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

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