Statement by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum on the Current State Of Violence In Zimbabwe

The Human Rights Forum, which exists to assist victims of organised violence, condemns unreservedly, the recent violence that has been perpetrated by state agents on members of the public throughout Zimbabwe.

This follows the stay-away called for by the main opposition party to express its deep concern at the ongoing deterioration of the state of the nation. The Human Rights Forum equally condemns all forms of violence from whatever quarter, including that employed by political parties.

It is the constitutional obligation of state agencies to uphold all the rights of citizens under the Declaration of Rights. There are equal obligations on political parties to restrain their supporters and on individuals to desist from committing violent actions against each other.

The Forum calls on the state to immediately refrain from the use of any form of organised violence and on political parties to equally refrain from utilizing violence of any sort in the pursuit of their political interests.

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