Zimbabwe 'targets human rights activists'

2012-11-26 14:51

Johannesburg - A new report says Zimbabwe punitively uses its laws and beatings by security forces to suppress human rights activists in the nation.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, part of a French rights organisation, released the report on Monday.

The report details the abuse of several human rights activists, including a woman abducted from her home, who was then beaten and tortured by security agents.

The report also outlines the arrest of another activist who was detained for weeks and questioned about her work after police took her into custody saying her car was allegedly near the scene of a killing.

The report highlights worries ahead for the country as President Robert Mugabe pushes for constitutional amendments and elections next year to end his Zanu-PF party's uneasy coalition government with the opposition party.

  • david.stopforth.5 - 2012-11-26 15:21

    Mogabe is the problem he is killing his own people put in jail and forget

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-26 15:26

    Surprised anyone?

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-26 16:12

      Hardly, barbarism is the order in the day on this continent!

  • John Badenhorst - 2012-11-26 15:41

    And if showerhead stays in power, good old SA will be heading down the same road...

  • timothy.crowley.96 - 2012-11-26 16:31

    Blame the spineless Zimbabwean people, only they can change whats happening, but they are too scared!Leaders are only as strong as their supporters!

      Kriss Tapfuma - 2012-11-27 07:57

      pls lets not encourage each other to fight we have too much fighting on this planet and people are dying everyday because of our power hungry so called leaders. we might be spineless bt it saves a lot of lives. lets pray for a new day of peace,love and harmony

  • rory.short1 - 2012-11-26 17:50

    Wanting change is not enough, you have to have an idea as to what you want to change to as well as the means to get there. The people of Zimbabwe wanted a change from the Smith government and they got that change but the change was to a ZANU-PF government and that was not an improvement.

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