Statement on the Disappearance of Civil Society Activist Itai Dzamara

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara.

Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world are central to U.S. foreign policy, and the United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing.  The Zimbabwean constitution guarantees fundamental human rights and freedoms for all citizens, including Mr. Dzamara.  All citizens have the right to life and personal liberty, the right to participate in peaceful political activities, the right to demonstrate and petition peacefully, and the right to express themselves freely.

The United States urges the government of Zimbabwe to ensure that the constitutionally-guaranteed fundamental rights and freedoms are honored and enjoyed by all Zimbabweans, regardless of political affiliation.  We also encourage the government of Zimbabwe to fully investigate cases of politically motivated violence and abductions to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and victims receive justice.