Bring culprits to book: Abduction victims

Bring culprits to book: Abduction victims 1

BY BLESSED MHLANGA Victims of State-sanctioned abductions, torture and assault have challenged the police to expeditiously investigate their cases in order to bring the culprits to book. Comedian Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya speaking from hospital after her abduction and torture Human rights defender, Tatenda Mombeyarara, who was allegedly abducted by six armed men last month, said after his release from hospital he went to Harare Central Police Station yesterday in the company of his lawyer, Obey Shava, to formally file an abduction and torture report, but was told the detective handling…

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Police arrest CiZC youth chairperson as clampdown escalates

Police arrest CiZC youth chairperson as clampdown escalates 2

Last updated Aug 15, 2019 24,529 Police have arrested Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Youth Committee Chairperson, Pride Mkono. He is currently detained at Harare Central. Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Youth Committee Chairperson, Pride Mkono Jeremiah Bhamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights is attending to the case. The police are alleging that he committed acts of subversion following the January 2019 stay away.  He joins a growing list of over 20 people that have been charged with subversion since January 2019.  Meanwhile the last 48 hours have seen an escalation…

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United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists

United States embassy condemns abduction, torture of rights activists 3

HARARE – The United States embassy in Harare on Wednesday voiced concern over the latest crackdown on pro-democracy activists by Zimbabwe’s security forces ahead of a series of planned opposition protests. Blessing Kanotunga, the Movement for Democratic Change’s youth chairman for Mufakose and Tatenda Mombeyarara, the coordinator of the Citizen’s Manifesto were dragged from their homes on Tuesday night by suspected state security agents and tortured before being dumped. Human rights lawyers said the two men were interrogated over anti-government protests planned for Harare on Friday. The US embassy called…

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State agents kidnap, torture activist over planned MDC protests: lawyers

State agents kidnap, torture activist over planned MDC protests: lawyers 6

HARARE – A human rights activist was abducted and tortured early Wednesday by half-a-dozen state security agents armed with assault rifles, lawyers said. Tatenda Mombeyarara’s captors interrogated him about his role in planned protests by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and their organisation, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said. “It’s with great sadness and regret that we confirm the abduction, severe assault and torture of Mombeyarara by six heavily-armed unidentified men from his home early this morning,” the rights lawyers said in a statement. The ZLHR said Mombeyarara…

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Mnangagwa panicks….. four activists arrested over ‘plot’ to remove under-pressure president

Mnangagwa panicks….. four activists arrested over ‘plot’ to remove under-pressure president 8

Authorities in Zimbabwe have detained four human rights campaigners on their return home from a foreign trip and seized their cellphones and laptops, lawyers said Tuesday. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects Russian honour guards during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) “They were detained upon disembarking from a South African flight at Robert Mugabe International Airport last night and held for several hours without access to their lawyers,” Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda…

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