Statement on the Disappearance of Zimbabwean Civil Society Activist Itai Dzamara

Today marks four months since the disappearance of Zimbabwean civil society activist and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara.  The United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing, and we are equally concerned by the apparent lack of progress by authorities in their investigation.

We join the European Union and the Embassy of Australia in their calls to the Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, to accord Mr. Dzamara the full protection of his fundamental human rights and freedoms, and to ensure that those responsible for his abduction are brought to justice.

The United States places the protection of human rights at the center of our foreign policy.  The United States stands together with Mr. Dzamara and the people of Zimbabwe in supporting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.  We call for Mr. Dzamara’s immediate and safe return to his family and friends.