Zimbabwe

Proposed law threatens CSO space, opposition faces brutal repression ahead of elections

Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill Poses Serious Threats to Human Rights and Civic Space; President Mnangagwa Issues Stern Warning to Civil Society Actors; Police arrest Opposition Political Party Members for Election Campaigning; Popular CCC Supporter Arrested for ‘Improper Dressing’; Judiciary Overturns Several CCC political rally bans; Teachers Strike over Wage Increase; Opposition Political Party Rally attacked; Zimbabwe National Students Union Protest over Fee Hikes ; Trial of Clapaton Redi begins over insult charges Read more

Proposed law threatens CSO space, opposition faces brutal repression ahead of elections

Pro-democracy activist Makomborero Haruzivishe released on bail after months in detention

Marange residents arrested for peaceful protests; Trial of pro-democracy activists begin; Freedom fighters arrested for demanding increased pension earnings; Activist freed after two months in prison; Continued imprisonment of pro-democracy activist raises concern; Police officer arrested for free speech Read more

Pro-democracy activist Makomborero Haruzivishe released on bail after months in detention

CSOs condemn threat to independence of the judiciary

The state of judicial independence in Zimbabwe came under enormous public and international scrutiny following the parliamentary and presidential elections in July 2018. The stakes were at an unprecedented high, as the notion of democracy had taken reign in the electorate after 37 years. The highly politicized environment apparent in the country meant an intense need for Electoral Court and Constitutional Court judges to acquit themselves with an exemplary level of independence and transparency. Any perception by the citizenry that the judiciary was pressured by the executive branch or was biased toward any contesting parliamentary candidate could result in spontaneous unrest, potentially capable of destabilising the country. Read more

CSOs condemn threat to independence of the judiciary

Prominent journalist Chin’ono arrested and charged for tweet

journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, MDC alliance spokesperson, arrested and charged for “communicating falsehoods prejudicial to the state; Read more

Prominent journalist Chin’ono arrested and charged for tweet

Government adopts strategic measures to thwart protests by doctors

Amid escalating strikes and protests by health workers in the country in recent months, the government adopted controversial new measures which were seen by many as an attempt to muzzle the right to unionise Read more

Government adopts strategic measures to thwart protests by doctors

Economic decline, crackdown on rights; Zimbabweans hanker for change through protests

Workers and civil servants sustain protest actions to call for better wages to cushion them from economic shocks; Hopewell Chin’ono, a prominent Zimbabwean journalist known for exposing government corruption arrested and charged; Read more

Economic decline, crackdown on rights; Zimbabweans hanker for change through protests

Groups strike, protest, amid deteriorating economic conditions

Doctors in public hospitals down their tools as they go on strike to demand increased salaries, civil servants protest in Harare demanding salary increments amidst tough economic conditions, opposition group MDC's supporters violently dispersed in planned protest against deteriorating economic conditions Read more

Groups strike, protest, amid deteriorating economic conditions

Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests

The government has intensified arrests of activists and opposition leaders accused of having being part of the January 2019 protests. Doctors and lawyers who assisted protesters threatened. Journalists harassed and threatened while covering a story at Harae hospital, activists arrested and detained while returning to the country at the airport
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Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests

Union protest banned, court outlaws broad restriction of protests

protest by ZCTU banned, meanwhile, the courts outlaw legal provision that allows indefinite banning of protests on the basis that this such a provision is open to abuse by authorities. Read more

Union protest banned, court outlaws broad restriction of protests