Last week, The Governor of the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe banned 29 NGO’s providing humanitarian relief and security in the region. The banned organizations – which include both local groups like Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Care International have provided basic services and support to mitigate a worsening humanitarian situation in the country.
While the Zimbabwean Constitution Select Committee drafts a new constitution for the country, The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights note that the constitution lacks transparency and, importantly, legitimacy may be a long-awaited opportunity to fairly and freely elect a candidate.
According to recent reports from watchdog organization Sokwanele, politically motivated human rights abuses are on the rise in Zimbabwe. President Mugabe must no longer be allowed to violate the rights of his people and the terms of agreements he has signed onto with impunity.
The World Bank in Zimbabwe is piloting a new project aimed at averting another cholera crisis like the massive outbreak the country experienced in 2008.
Last year, thanks to the dedication of our wonderful PHR intern Margeaux Fischer, a donation of 441 medical textbooks was shipped to the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR), with whom we helped organize a health and human rights training for medical students in 2008.