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Zimbabweans participated in presidential and parliamentary elections in July 2013. Robert Mugabe was re-elected president for a five year term, and his party, ZANU-PF, regained majority control of Parliament. Amnesty International did not observe human rights violations or violence on polling day, but noted several incidents following the elections tied to activists refusing to reveal their vote.

Amnesty International observed high levels of repression prior to the elections. Since September 2012, nearly every single civil society organization of note in Zimbabwe working on civil, political and human rights issues had their offices raided, or leadership arrested, or both. GALZ (Gay and Lesbian Zimbabwe) faced particular scrutiny and continues to be harassed by police. WOZA (Women of Zimbabwe Arise), a human and civil rights organization dedicated to empowering and educating Zimbabweans to participate in the political process, experienced several incidents of arrest and violence at the hands of the security sector. The most recent incident occurred in February 2014 during their annual Valentine's Day peaceful protest when several activists faced abuse by riot police.

Amnesty International continues to monitor incidents of forced eviction in Zimbabwe, as well as the human rights violations occurring as a result of these displacements. In one informal settlement outside the capital Harare, Amnesty International documented the deaths of infants due to inadequate warmth and sanitation facilities. This needless loss of life caused by poor government policies must be addressed immediately by the government. Additionally, a recent report documented an estimated 220,000 children experienced a disruption to their education as a result of 2005's Operation Murambatsvina, when the Zimbabwe government displaced 700,000 people.

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July 9, 2018 • Report

Zimbabwe: Elections offer a chance to break with decades of gross human rights violations

Zimbabwe’s election at the end of the month will take place in the context of decades of politically motivated gross human rights violations, including mass killings, the forced disappearance of …

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

May 19, 2015 • Report

Beyond Tokenism: The Need to License Community Radio Stations in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government’s continuing stranglehold on community radio and its refusal to issue licenses to all but commercial operators with links to state-owned companies or those with government ties is a ploy to stifle freedom of expression, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

June 24, 2013 • Report

Making Love a Crime: Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report provides an analysis of the legal environment and wider context of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent years have seen increasing reports of people being harassed, marginalized, discriminated against and attacked because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

May 30, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Zimbabwe 2013

Republic of Zimbabwe Head of state and government Robert Mugabe Mistrust between members of the Government of National Unity (GNU) continued to delay crucial reforms agreed under the 2008 Global …

October 4, 2011 • Report

Forced evictions in Zimbabwe leave thousands of children without access to education

Forced evictions drive poor people deeper into poverty and leave them more vulnerable to other human rights violations. This report looks at the long-term impact on the right to education since the Zimbabwean government's programme of mass forced evictions, known as Operation Murambatsvina, took place in 2005. The report focuses on the situation of children and young people living in Hatcliffe Extension and Hopley, two settlements in Harare. More than six years since the mass forced evictions, children in the two settlements continue to face immense barriers in obtaining basic education.

June 16, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Zimbabwe 2011

Head of state and government: Robert Mugabe Death penalty: retentionist Population: 12.6 million Life expectancy: 47 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 100/88 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 91.4 per cent Police continued …

March 26, 2011 • Report

Zimbabwe: No chance to live: Newborn deaths at Hopley Settlement

In June 2010, Amnesty International found that pregnant women and girls at Hopley settlement, in Harare, are at risk of ill-health and even death due to inadequate access to essential health services.

March 26, 2011 • Report

Zimbabwe: A trail of violence after the ballot

Amnesty International has documented unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe following elections on March 29, 2008.