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Human rights abuse continues — AfriForum


A South African civil rights initiative says human rights violation continues unabated in Zimbabwe despite the formation of a government of national unity.
AfriForum said its team, which was in the country on a week-long fact-finding mission, also established that South Africa was not doing anything to assist its citizens who fell victim of the alleged rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
“A delegation of AfriForum, who returned from a week-long fact-finding mission in Zimbabwe this week, found that human rights violations in Zimbabwe are continuing unabatedly under the Mugabe regime in spite of the implementation of a unity government in this country,” said Kallie Kriel, executive director of AfriForum.
Kriel, who was part of the delegation, said discussions were held with victims of violent attacks and theft who did not receive any assistance from the police. He said the victims of human rights violations were afraid police would arrest them if they dared protect themselves and their property.
Kriel said AfriForum’s delegation obtained a great deal of information from South Africans living in Zimbabwe regarding the South African government’s alleged unwillingness to offer them protection.
“The South African government stands by idly while its citizens’ farms and possessions are stolen in Zimbabwe and while some South Africans are jailed,” Kriel said.
“The information that has been obtained will be useful in AfriForum’s two planned court cases in which the South African government will be taken to task over its failure to fulfil its duty towards South African citizens living in Zimbabwe.”
He said AfriForum was compiling a report that would set out the details of several human rights violations against South African citizens in Zimbabwe.
During their visit the AfriForum delegation also attended the annual conference of the Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) in Harare.
At the conference the CFU officially recognised AfriForum’s role in helping to bring about justice in Zimbabwe.

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