International community ratchets up pressure on Zimbabwe


The international community has condemned the alleged abduction and touture of MDC Alliance Members of Parliament after a flash demostration in Warren Park last week.

The trio-Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova- had first been arrested at a roadblock in Harare and were later found in Bindura severely beaten and traumatised. They were hospitalised.

There was also allegations of assault on Nokuthula and Ntombizodwa Mpofu by police in Cowdray Park in Bulawayo.

In a joint statement on Human Rights situation in Zimbabwe the Heads of Mission of the delegation of the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the Heads of Mission of Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America said the Government of Zimbabwe should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the abduction and torture.
They said the perpetrators of heinous acts of this kind and other human rights violations need to be identified and prosecuted.
“The Zimbabwean Constitution prohibits enforced disappearances, torture, violence against women, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Heads of Mission exhort Zimbabwean authorities to respect these fundamental rights and full adherence to Zimbabwe’s international human rights obligations.
“The Heads of Mission further urge all protagonists to resolve political conflicts through constructive dialogue, and remain clear that international re-engagement is contingent on genuine and sustained implementation of political and economic reform,” reads part of the statement.

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