Amnesty International slams Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa over ‘ruthless’ rights crackdown

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Leading civil rights activist Evan Mawarire and union leader Peter Mutasa were arrested and charged with plotting to overthrow the government for calling on Zimbabweans to miss work for a day as a response to the fuel price increase.

A government spokesman was not immediately available to respond to the Amnesty report.

“The government is a product of the party and we as a party are committed to human rights which are guaranteed in the country’s constitution,” said Simon Khaya Moyo, ruling Zanu-PF party spokesman.

Culture of violence 

In May, seven human rights defenders were arrested at Robert Mugabe International Airport as they returned from a workshop on non-violent protest tactics in the Maldives.

They were accused of plotting to overthrow the government. They are yet to face trial.

Before a planned opposition protest against a worsening economy earlier this month, several rights activists and opposition members were “abducted, tortured” and dumped by suspected state agents, according to human rights organisations in the country.

The police and the courts subsequently blocked the demonstrations, and security forces beat up a few hundred who turned up in spite of the ban, leaving many injured and more than 100 arrested.

A senior MDC opposition party official Amos Chibaya who was arrested for failing to stop the Harare demonstration was on Monday granted bail by a Harare magistrate.





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