U.S. Embassy Press Statement: Disappearance of Civil Society Activist Itai Dzamara

The U.S. Embassy notes with grave concern the reports of the forced disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara on March 9, 2015.  We support Mr. Dzamara’s right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully.

We urge the relevant authorities to demonstrate their professionalism by fully investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction.  If he is being held in state custody, it is vital that his fundamental human rights and freedoms as guaranteed by Zimbabwe’s constitution be honored.