As Operation Murambatsvina continues, humanitarian catastrophe unfolds

“Operation Murambatsvina” (Operation Restore Order) continued in the month of June leading to problems for civil society, which resulted in fewer reports being compiled because the displaced people could not access the services of human rights organizations. This accounts for the few cases recorded in this report.

NGO’s had to restructure their operations in order to provide humanitarian relief for the affected populations during the operation which was code named “tsunami” by most people due to its disastrous effects which could only be compared to the tsunami floods. Ironically, the operation continued in the same month that the world commemorated World Refugee Day and the International Day against Torture, which are on 20 June and 26 June respectively.

Despite the problems of recording noted above, a number of violations has been recorded. Among these are the arrest of twenty members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) following a demonstration and the threatening of a student activist of his family to be evicted from their rural home on Goromonzi.

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