EU Parliament condemns disappearance of human rights activist and urges Zimbabwe government to find him
By Fiona | May 22, 2015
The European Union (EU) parliament passed a resolution supported by all its political groupings on 21 May condemning the abduction of Itai Dzamara, a prominent human rights activist, on 9 March and urging the Zimbabwe government to take all necessary measures to find him.
Itai Dzamara was a leader of the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement and critical of the Zimbabwe government. He was abducted by five unidentified men in broad daylight. The High Court ordered the Zimbabwean authorities on 13 March to search for Mr Dzamara and report progress to the court every two weeks until his whereabouts are determined. This has been ignored by the authorities.
The resolution adopted by the EU parliament as well as condemning the disappearance of Itai Dzamara and calling for him to be found expressed deep concern of reports of increasing political violence, harassment of political opposition and that since the adoption of a new constitution and election in 2013 little progress has been made towards reforming the human rights environment.
The EU has recently resumed its bilateral aid programme with the Zimbabwe government and has agreed an indicative programme of 234 million euros to reduce poverty, promote development and democracy.
The EU parliament resolution asks the EU to step up its political dialogue on human rights on the basis of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, and notably to encourage the government to repeal or appropriately amend the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, in order to bring an end to their abuse.
By Tony | February 4, 2015
President Mugabe, assumed the chair of the African Union on 30 January. The European Union (EU) announced on 2 February the travel ban it had imposed in Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | January 9, 2015
This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the ongoing struggle for the leadership of Zanu PF, the merger of two of the three MDC parties, and the release of the 2002 Khampepe Report in South Africa, concluding that the elections cannot be considered free and fair. It also covers the resumption of EU government to government aid, the latest UK trade delegation to Zimbabwe, the establishment of the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund, the abduction and beatings of human rights activists and protestors, the bulldozing of hundreds of homes near Harare and heavy rains cause flooding in many areas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tony | January 7, 2015
Terence Ranger, historian of Zimbabwe, dies read obituary by Ian Scoones in The Zimbabwean
Over the weekend, we learned the sad news that Terence Ranger, the well-known historian of Zimbabwe, had died at his
home in Oxford aged Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | October 13, 2014
Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures.
At the end of last month, city authorities turned Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | September 10, 2014
More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.
The families had been staying at Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | August 7, 2014
Zimbabwe one year on
This special edition of the Zimbabwe Update, a year after the 2013 elections, focuses on Zanu PF being seen as ‘the only game in town’, the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace’s report on the 2013 elections, and who will succeed Robert Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF? It also looks at division in the MDC, the US Africa Summit, Mugabe’s promotion to chair of SADC, EU and UK relations with Zimbabwe, fears of another recession and uncertainty in Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | June 6, 2014
May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | June 3, 2014
This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the split in Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, the MDC-T; the European Union- Africa summit, which was boycotted by President Mugabe; Zimbabwe’s increasing debt and worsening economic situation; government challenges to pay its own workers; a new military loan from China; the new electoral amendment bill; police blocking a World Media Day rally, and a report from Chatham House on the west re-engaging with Zimbabwe which has provoked criticism and comment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | May 19, 2014
A private citizen and constitutional lawyer, Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, on Monday filed a High Court application seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to make the voters’ roll public.
The roll has been kept under Read the rest of this entry »