Statement on Incidents of Violence in Zimbabwe

Harare: August 15, 2019– The United States expresses its deep concern over the abduction, assault, and torture of civil society and opposition leaders in advance of the planned march on August 16.  The Government of Zimbabwe bears the responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens under its constitution.  We welcome the Zimbabwean government’s commitment to investigate these crimes and to bring those responsible to justice.  We encourage those Zimbabweans who wish to seek redress before their government to do so peacefully.  The ongoing polarization in Zimbabwean society, as identified by the Motlanthe Commission and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, underscores the urgent need for a broad-based and inclusive national dialogue.  Such a dialogue, coupled with political and economic reforms, holds the promise of a more prosperous and successful Zimbabwe.

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