Zimbabwe Human Rights Record Worrying

via Amnesty International: Zimbabwe Human Rights Record Worrying 25.11.2013 by Tatenda Gumbo, Sithandekile Mhlanga VOA Zimbabwe

Amnesty International says Zimbabwe’s human rights record remains poor despite safeguards incorporated into the new constitution. 

In a new report released Monday titled ‘Human Rights Agenda for the New Government – 2013 to 2018’ Amnesty International urges Harare to take significant steps to improve the country’s rights record, aligning laws to the new constitution.

Amnesty International senior researcher for southern Africa, Simeon Mawanza, said Zimbabwe has missed the mark in the first 100 days of its new government in office.

The report also cites incidents of arbitrary arrests of members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, human rights defenders, including Women of Zimbabwe Arise, and people from various districts who were evicted from their homes.

MDC-T deputy spokesman Joel Gabhuza said the country needs an effective human rights commission to ensure adherence to the new constitution.