Human rights lawyers concerned about Dzamara's continued disappearance

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has expressed concern over the mystery surrounding Itai Dzamara’s whereabouts.

Itai Dzamara
Itai Dzamara

Dzamara, a former journalist who turned civil rights activist, was abducted by unknown men from a Harare suburb in early March while having a haircut.

ZLHR recently applied to the High Court for the state to avail Dzamara.

The court granted an order that obliges the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP to work closely with lawyers appointed by ZLHR to search for Dzamara and to report progress of the search to the Registrar of the High Court by 1600hours every other Friday up to the time he is found.

“As the United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims on 24 March 2015, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) remains gravely concerned about the continued disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a pro-democracy activist who has been missing for the last 17 days,” said the organisation in a statement.

“ZLHR reiterates that those responsible for disappearing Dzamara have committed a very serious crime under international law,” said ZLHR, and they must he held accountable.

“Once found, Dzamara (must be) afforded his own right to truth – the full reasons of his abduction, the exact identities of his abductors, and any relevant details that will enable him to make informed decisions about his remedies,’ added the watchdog.

Diplomats based in Zimbabwe, politicians and civil society have condemned the abduction.

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