Human rights arrests and abuses escalate

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8 July 2019

Sky News’s John Sparks reports that Zimbabwe has changed for the worst since President Mnangagwa’s rise to power. Freedoms including speech and association have deteriorated sharply as the government is now punishing its critics. Human rights lawyers report that more than 1,000 activists and ordinary citizens have been arrested during the past 6 months as part of the government’s drive to quash unrest. They include Obert Masaraure, President of the Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, a victim of the security forces crackdown in January 2019 and five community workers who were arrested and jailed for three weeks after attending a civil rights conference overseas. Click here to view the 5 minute video.

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