Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

2 April 2007

Trade unionists at risk in Zimbabwe

Trade unionists at risk in Zimbabwe
Amnesty International is concerned that activists from the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) are at risk of being arrested, beaten by police and tortured while in police custody. The union has organised a job "stay away" action on 3 and 4 April 2007 to protest against the government’s failure to address the declining economic situation in Zimbabwe.

It is feared that the police will use excessive force to disperse demonstrations organised by the ZCTU as has been in the past. Two ZCTU officers, Gilbert Marembo and Michael Kandukuti were assaulted by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police on 13 March 2007. The police had arrived at the ZCTU offices with a search warrant allowing them to search for and seize all "subversive material" found on the premises.

The officers were from the Law and Order Section of the Criminal Investigations department based at Harare Central police station. The assault was witnessed by lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Police later seized fliers on the job "stay away".

Amnesty International has documented several cases in the past when activists exercising their right to peaceful protest have been arrested, detained for prolonged periods and at times tortured. Police often beat peaceful protesters with truncheons, batons and metal bars resulting in victims suffering broken limbs.

One of the torture methods often used is called falanga (beating underneath the feet). This torture method leaves the victim with walking difficulties for life.

Read More

Harassment of activists continues in Zimbabwe (Feature, 22/03/2007)

Issue

Activists 
Detention 
Law Enforcement 
Torture And Ill-treatment 

Country

Zimbabwe 

Region

Africa 

@amnestyonline on twitter

News

25 July 2014

The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous... Read more »

24 July 2014

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International... Read more »

22 July 2014

Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said.

Read more »
24 July 2014

Poland is the first European Union member state to be found complicit in the USA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture of alleged terrorism suspects, Amnesty International... Read more »

25 July 2014

Amnesty International's experts respond to some of the questions raised around the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Read more »