Tyranny ‘Masked’ as covid-19 enforcement

On 23 May 2020, Paul Munakopa of Bulawayo died in circumstances that could have well been avoided. The 34-year-old was a victim of the police’s heavy-handedness. He was shot during a car chase, and the police who shot him were using an unmarked vehicle in an operation that they are yet to reveal.

FILE: A man is arrested by police officers after resisting orders to vacate a vegetable market area in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, March 31, 2020, on the second day of a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This is just one of the incidences that speak to the continued rise in cases of human rights abuses
perpetrated by state security agents.

For the second time in the year, the police and army topped the list of perpetrators of human rights
violations. Overall, the police contributed to 41.21 per cent of the human rights violations, while the
army contributed to 22.26 per cent of the violations.
The state security agents have been on the frontline of enforcing the lockdown imposed since
March 30th.

Read the full report: ZPP Monthly Monitoring Report May 2020

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