Zimbabwe: European Parliament resolution calls for end of crackdown on protests

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At the start of 2019, FIDH and its league ZimRights (the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association) alerted the international community about the crackdown perpetrated by Zimbabwean security forces against demonstrators, who had been legitimately expressing their discontent over the dire socio-economic crisis in the country.

In this context, the European Parliament adopted on 14 February 2019 a resolution which strongly condemns the violence and excessive use of force and calls for a return to a peaceful national dialogue.

During the preparatory phase before the adoption of the resolution, FIDH relayed the recommendations by ZimRights concerning human rights violations by security forces, including torture, the harassment and criminalisation of civil society actors, the need for immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, and the need for an inclusive national dialogue. These recommendations were also made by the European Parliament, which also importantly called for prompt and impartial investigations into all allegations of excessive use of force by police and state officials.

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