By Staff Writer
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum says the country recorded 562 violations on civil liberties between January and March this year, accusing the police and ruling Zanu PF activists of being the main perpetrators.
Zimbabwe has a checkered record when it comes to upholding basic human rights and has been widely condemned by the international community.
According to a quarterly report compiled by the organisation, harassment and intimidation constituted most violations.
Most of the reported violations, the civic society organisation said occurred in five provinces mainly, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Harare, Bulawayo and Midlands.
“In January, the number of violations recorded was 200. 206 cases were recorded in February and a reduced number of 156 cases were recorded in March. The violations were mostly perpetrated by the ZRP and Zanu-PF,” the report reads in part.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum also urged the government to ratify international treaties that criminalise torture.
Section 53 of the Constitution guarantees freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Government has not ratified the above-mentioned Convention Against Torture. Ratification would mean that Zimbabwe takes a further and meaningful step to come up with legislation specific to prohibition of torture.
“This will benefit the ordinary citizen by criminalizing the acts of torture and providing penal provisions for the perpetrators of this violation to be held accountable,” the report further states.
Last week three MDC Alliance activists who include Harare West legislator Joanna Mamombe were allegedly abducted, tortured and dumped after they staged flash demonstrations in Warren Park. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER