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Zimbabwe: 660 People Treated for Typhoid

on January 25, 2012

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. Zimbabwe’s planned 2012 election may be a long-awaited opportunity to fairly and freely elect a candidate.

The list of human rights violations during Mugabe’s prolonged presidency is extensive.  Rights groups allege torture within Zimbabwe’s prisons and widespread corruption within Mugabe’s regime.  

Yesterday, 660 people were treated for typhoid in the country’s capital. The U.N. confirms that cholera is still a danger, and that Zimbabweans are increasingly at risk for malaria due deteriorating waste management systems.

PHR documented in 2009 the connection between Zimbabwe’s cholera epidemic and the collapse of the country’s healthcare system. The report, Health in Ruins: A Man-Made Disaster in Zimbabwe exposes the state’s failure to maintain safe water, sanitation, or a functioning health system. PHR continues to monitor the health and human rights situation in the country and calls on Zimbabwean authorities to adopt suggested improvements given during the country’s Universal Periodic Review before the Human Rights Council last year, including investigating alleged human rights violations and holding perpetrators accountable.

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