The United Nations (UN) has condemned the government crackdown on protestors and urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to bring to justice those involved in torture and rape.
The world body denounced the destruction, lootings, mass arrests and detentions as well as reported physical violence, rape cases and sexual violence perpetrated by security agencies. It said investigations should be carried out to bring justice to the victims.
This comes after widespread reports of wanton abuse of human rights by security forces. Hundreds of people have been tortured while scores of women have been raped during the crackdown. In a statement released on Friday, the UN said:
The investigations should result in holding the perpetrators to account and bringing justice to those affected, assisting families who lost loved ones, ensuring due process of law to those in custody and providing survivors with necessary health, psycho-social and legal services.
Acts of violence, rape, and other forms of violence are heinous crimes and a serious threat to every individuals’ rights to life and dignity. The safety, security and dignity of every person are universal human rights enshrined in the country’s Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.