Paul Chizuze – Disappeared

A long established Zimbabwean human rights activist has been missing since 8 pm on Wednesday 8 February 2012. Over the last three decades, Paul has been either employed by, or active with, the Legal Resources Foundation, Amani Trust Matabeleland, The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, ZimRights, Churches in Bulawayo, CivNet, and Masakhaneni Trust. WHERE […]

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Mon, February 27 2012 » Human rights » 1 Comment

SPT-Zimbabwe Update No.1. March 2011: The effects of the events in North Africa on Zimbabwean Politics

SPT - Zimbabwe Update

Given the economic and political convulsions that have marked Zimbabwean politics for the last decade, it is not surprising that the momentous events in North Africa have been imported and constructed in contested ways by the major political players in Zimbabwe. With the Zimbabwean landscape torn by the polemical rupture between the redistributive language of […]

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Thu, March 17 2011 » History, Zimbabwe Update » No Comments

Reflections on Human Rights Discourse and Emancipation in Africa in the Twenty-first Century

Cross border transporter

By Professor Mike Neocosmos – Centre for Humanities Research UWC, South Africa At the very time when it most often mouths the word, the West has never been further from being able to live a true humanism – a humanism made to the measure of the world (Aimé Césaire). Whoever is engaged in popular struggles […]

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Fri, February 4 2011 » Human rights, Zimbabwe Review » No Comments

A Fractured Nation: Operation Murambatsvina – five years on

Killarney children - July 2010

In May 2005, the Zimbabwean government embarked on a massive, highly systematic programme of demolitions of all informal housing in urban and peri-urban areas across Zimbabwe. Combined with a total clampdown on the informal trading sector, including the destruction of official vending areas and confiscation of all wares, Operation Murambatsvina (OM), or “Drive out the […]

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Fri, July 30 2010 » Diaspora, Operation Murambatsvina, Reports » No Comments

Poverty on Top of Poverty

In May 2005, shortly after Zimbabwean elections had, once again, resulted in a questionable narrow “win” for Robert Mugabe’s ZanuPF, Operation Murambatsvina was launched. Ostensibly an urban clean-up campaign, Murambatsvina was widely viewed as a brutal weapon employed by government to break the backbone of opposition MDC support. Settlements, even those with erstwhile local government […]

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Fri, July 30 2010 » Operation Murambatsvina » No Comments