Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called upon the government to hold to account security agents responsible for the death of protestors in January and the alleged raping of women during the same period.
HRW released a report on Tuesday titled Zimbabwe: ‘Excessive Force Used Against Protestors’, in which it called for the release of people detained arbitrarily. The report reads in part:
The authorities should arrest and prosecute those responsible for abuses and send a strong message that crimes by the security forces won’t be tolerated.
… Law enforcement officials should not use firearms against people except to protect against the imminent threat of death or serious injury.
Southern Africa leaders should press Mnangagwa to put an end to security force abuses and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
Instead of burying his head in the sand when it comes to human rights, (South Africa) President (Cyril) Ramaphosa should publicly urge his Zimbabwean counterpart to deliver on his promise to get to the bottom of these allegations and hold perpetrators to account.