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Zimbabwe is home to many human rights violations. Some of the many include unlawful detainment, violations to freedom of expression and public assembly rights, and discrimination.
Protestors hold signs against the economic collapse that lead to inflation.
Violence and rights violations have been occurring in Zimbabwe for almost two decades now. Robert Mugabe a member of the Zanu-PF party (a political party in Zimbabwe) became leader of the country since the 1980s. He came into power as freedom fighter and has remained there through intimidation and force. He lead Zimbabwe to major inflation by encouraging the take over of white-owned commercial farms causing economic collapse in the early 2000s.
Human Rights Violations
Law (should) Protect Human Rights
The leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has created laws going against human rights. He also allows the police force to have free reign over whatever they do and there is substantial corruption between the ranks in his government.
Right to Public Assembly
Police guard courts from political protests in Harare, August 29, 2016.
Protestors being attacked by police.
In 2016 a new law was implemented, stating that public protest was illegal and the punishment would be up to one year in jail and up to a $300 fine. This infuriated the leaders of the groups who hold protests, on issues ranging from economic situations to police brutality, so much they held a protest in August against this law and were all arrested.
Freedom of expression
People are not able to peacefully protest or express how they feel about their government without severe punishment from the police. Police use horrific measures to break protests, even if the protest is peaceful.
Pastor Evan Mawarire received threats to his life after he spoke against president Mugabe.
"People who claimed to be State agents called and threatened me with certain death," Mawarire said. "I fear for my life, and the lives of my pregnant wife and two kids."
Food and Shelter
Many people in Zimbabwe are homeless and don't have enough food due to displacement by the government. Extreme drought in the country has also made food vary scarce. Because of such high demand and little supply of food, food prices are completely unstable. They are able to rise 30-40 percent in a season. This makes it very difficult for families to afford food year round.
The lesbian and gay communities in Zimbabwe are widely discriminated against. They are specifically targeted by police for unlawful detainment, and face the brunt of the brutality and harrasment. During a gatering in December of the community, police raided the event and killed many people for no reason.
The police force in Zimbabwe has very little structure. They are able to arrest whoever they want whenever they want to, with very little to no evidence. Four villagers filed a $10,000 lawsuit against the organization. Claiming they suffered humiliation and assault for a crime there was no evidence they had committed. Like most lawsuits, this one disappeared and the police arrested another group of people for the same crime a week later.