Marange: The Imprisoned Community” documentary

Zimbabwe: The Centre for National Resource Governance (CNRG)

Documentary: “Marange: The Imprisoned Community”

Length: 37 minutes

Published on Oct 18, 2018

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“Marange: The Imprisoned Community” details violations by State and non-state actors in the Diamond mining area of Marange Communal lands in Zimbabwe. This Human Rights violations documentary is produced by Centre for Natural Resource Governance. It is a sad non-fictional, true to life and fact based film telling the most unfortunate story of how the extractive sector can is a curse to a country and communities living in areas where there are precious minerals.
The film captures the thoughtless attack on people’s rights like the right to life, right to human dignity, environmental rights as well as the violation of the people of Marange’s freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. More importantly, Marange: The imprisoned Community exposes how the placement of Marange Community under the Protected Places and Areas Act curtails the freedom of movement of locals and other citizens.

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