Lockdown: NGOs record spike in human rights violations

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A TOTAL of 178 cases of human rights violations have been recorded in parts of Zimbabwe since the country went under lockdown, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has reported.

The cases were compiled since the lockdown commenced on March 30 to April 5 with 56 victims of assault, four journalists attacked and 118 trivial arrests.

The data was collected from Harare, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Wedza, Chinhoyi, Gweru, Mutare and Hwange.

This comes as police have arrested more than 2 100 people in the first week of the nationwide lockdown on charges of violating the stern measures that were imposed by government to contain the global pandemic that has been positively confirmed in 10 persons, including one death in the country.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has deployed soldiers around the country’s towns and townships to enforce compliance.

The civic society organisation also applauded courts for delivering judgments that safeguard the people’s rights and alleviate the spread of Covid-19.

The High Court has ordered Harare and Chitungwiza municipalities to take measures to ensure adequate supply of water for residents to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“The Forum urges the responsible tiers of government to respect the rule of law and implement court orders to provide safe, clean and adequate water not only in this period of Covid-19 but also beyond the lockdown,” the Forum said in a statement.

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