2017 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

Zimbabwe is constitutionally a republic. In November a military intervention, public demonstrations calling for President Robert Mugabe’s removal, the ruling party’s vote of no confidence, and impeachment proceedings led to Mugabe’s resignation after ruling the country since independence in 1980. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) nominated former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy on the Trial of Pastor Evan Mawarire

The United States is monitoring the trial of Pastor Evan Mawarire, and calls for an end to arbitrary arrests and intimidation for political purposes. We support freedom of expression and the right of peaceful assembly. We call on the Government of Zimbabwe to respect and to protect the human rights of all persons in Zimbabwe, ...
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U.S. notes Zim progress in combating trafficking in persons

Harare, June 29, 2017: A United States government report says Zimbabwe made notable progress to strengthen its capacity and to respond to cases of trafficking in persons in the past year. “The (Zimbabwe) government made key achievements during the reporting period (2016- 17)… these achievements included increased efforts to investigate and prosecute alleged trafficking crimes,” ...
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U.S. calls for tougher action against human trafficking

Harare, March 16th, 2017: A senior United States Embassy official has called on the public to boycott products from companies involved in human trafficking, in addition to other measures to help stamp out the scourge that has plagued humanity. “We as individuals can make a difference by being aware of our own habits, by understanding ...
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Statement on the 2nd anniversary of the disappearance of Itai Dzamara

Today, March 9th, marks the second anniversary of the disappearance of Mr. Itai Dzamara, Zimbabwean civil society activist and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square.  On this day two years ago, Dzamara was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since. The United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts ...
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2016 Zimbabwe Human Rights Report

U.S. State Department Human Rights Report Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Zimbabwe EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Zimbabwe is constitutionally a republic. President Robert Mugabe, his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party, and its authoritarian security sector have dominated the country since independence in 1980. Presidential and parliamentary elections held in 2013 were free of the widespread violence of the 2008 elections, ...
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Statement on deteriorating Human Rights situation in Zimbabwe

Harare, February 6, 2017: The United States is extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, as evidenced by the unwarranted arrest and continued detention of Pastor Evan Mawarire and the incarceration of Pastor Phillip Patrick Mugadza. The U.S. Government unequivocally believes in the basic right to freedom of speech ...
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US Statement on Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe

Harare, November 19, 2016: The United States notes with concern reports of the abduction, assault, and harassment of civil society leaders ahead of Friday’s scheduled demonstrations.  We urge the Zimbabwe government to investigate these crimes and ensure adequate protection of individuals peacefully exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression. U.S. Ambassador Harry K. ...
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United States Government Response to Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Report on Partisan Distribution of Food Aid

Harare, 9 September, 2016 – The U.S. Government and our partners welcome the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission’s investigations into the distribution of food assistance along political party lines.  As the largest contributor to humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has robust mechanisms in place to ensure that U.S. food ...
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