World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Scathing report on post-election Zimbabwe

Amnesty International launches scathing report on post-election Zimbabwe


Voting for the wrong political party in the upcoming New Zealand election will not land you in jail or a torture camp. Nor would you expect to be beaten, or arbitrarily arrested by the police. However this is the grim reality documented in Amnesty International's report just released, along with new video footage, which graphically demonstrates the ongoing suffering of the Zimbabwean people.

"While the political parties struggle to form a new inclusive government, the most vulnerable Zimbabweans are at further risk of extreme hunger. Many Zimbabweans are now only surviving by eating wild fruit," says Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International's Zimbabwe expert.

The report, Zimbabwe: Time for Accountability, examines the impact of the post-election violence on victims and makes recommendations to all parties participating in the current political talks on how to provide justice for the thousands that have suffered for decades.

"Amnesty condemns the state-sponsored violence that has taken place since the March elections and insists that the government stops ignoring evidence of human rights violations," says Amnesty New Zealand's spokesperson Rebecca Emery.

While the New Zealand Government has joined worldwide condemnation of political violence in Zimbabwe, including urging the Black Caps to boycott a Zimbabwean cricket tour, Amnesty believes the international community must continue to speak out strongly and demand that Zimbabwe ends impunity for human rights violators.

"The international community must not stand by and watch the Zimbabwean people slip deeper into poverty and despair while their political leaders squabble," says Mawanza.

To download a copy of the report, Zimbabwe: Time for Accountability, visit www.amnesty.org.nz

Video footage available:
- One is made by the Solidarity Peace Trust and can be viewed at the following link - www.sokwanele.com/article/sokwanele/democracymissingpresumeddead_290508.html
- The other is a film about activist organisation Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Ig_XDdlrg


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Palestine: Ni’lin Demonstrators Met With Violence

International Solidarity Movement On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep ... More>>

ALSO:

UN Envoy Says Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral'

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition. More>>

Continued International Support As Vanuatu Recovers

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific More>>

UNICEF Rushes Emergency Supplies For Cyclone-Affected Tuvalu

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today. More>>

Vanuatu: Regenvanu Expects 50% Of People Struck By Pam To Be Homeless

Vanuatu Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu says more than 50 percent of those hit by super Cyclone Pam at the weekend are now homeless. More>>

ALSO:

ISIL May Have Committed Genocide & War Crimes In Iraq

The Baharka camp, 5km north of Erbil in northern Iraq, is home to thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) following the takeover of large swathes of the country by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: Emma Beals/IRIN More>>

Guinea Reports Highest Weekly Ebola Case Total This Year

Guinea reports highest weekly Ebola case total so far this year, new UN data shows More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news