Amnesty International blasts rights abuses in Zimbabwe
Harare – Human rights group Amnesty International on Friday blasted human
rights abuses in Zimbabwe, drawing comparisons with Gambia, where Yahya
Jammeh took power in a coup 17 years ago.
‘In Gambia, there is climate of fear, killings and torture and perpetrators
are mainly government agents and the country is being ruled by an iron
fist,’ Amnesty International Zimbabwe head Cousin Zilala told journalists in
‘Amnesty International is campaigning against human rights abuses in
‘We consider people who have been arrested for exercising their professional
freedoms, any freedoms or while fighting for freedom to be prisoners of
conscience. We concerned with human rights violations in Zimbabwe, as we are
concerned in The Gambia,’ he added.
The remarks come a day after US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray said that
police and supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s party had blocked a
meeting where he was supposed to address youths.
‘It is regrettable that elements of the security sector and some political
parties remain afraid of allowing a free exchange of ideas and have yet
again shown themselves intent on barring members of the public from engaging
in genuine dialogue,’ said Ray in a statement.