Human Rights Defenders persecuted in the run up to the UN Human Rights Day

ZIMBABWE: Human Rights Defenders persecuted in the run up to the UN Human Rights Day

Click here to download ZPPOctober2011reportsummary.pdf

Dear Friends,

Reports and statements from our member organisations include the following items:

On 05.12.11 the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) issued a statement on the arrest and detention of its advocacy officers Fadzai December and Molly Chimhamda by Zimbabwe Republic Police in Gwanda in connection with a civic education meeting they facilitated in the town on the 24^th November 2011. Also detained in connection with the same case is the chairperson of MMPZ’S Public Information Rights Forum Committee for Gwanda Mr Gilbert Mabusa. They are being charged under POSA for failing to give notice of the meeting despite the fact that the meeting was convened by the membership of MMPZ’s Public Information Rights Forum Committee for Gwanda and was therefore not a public meeting as contemplated under POSA. MMPZ calls upon the police to release Gilbert, Fadzai and Molly from custody forthwith as their attendance at court can be secured by way of summons.

MMPZ also issued its 47^th weekly media review on 02.12.11. This issue reports on among other things the awarding of the country’s first ever free-to-air independent national commercial radio station licences to two companies linked to ZANU PF. It also reports on the coverage of The Prime Minister's marriage, the national budget, preparation for elections and human rights issues. This can be accessed via the following link:

Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) issued today the attached October Monthly Monitoring report. The report highlights that political tensions remained very high throughout the country in the month of October despite a significant dip in the number of politically motivated human rights violations. Physical and psychological violence continued to be recorded throughout the country with cases of displacement, assault, harassment and intimidation dominating.

ZimRights issued on 02.12.11 the attached Newsflash on the commemoration of the UN International Human Rights day in Gweru. ZimRights celebrated with five schools taking part in a choir competition and all the schools walked away with a cash prize. While this year's theme focused on “Human Rights defenders who act to end discrimination” the choral piece highlighted on socio-economic rights of children, women and people living with HIV.

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