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High Court orders police, army to respect human rights

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The High Court of Zimbabwe has this Tuesday ordered Zimbabwe Republic Police, the army and other law enforcement officers to respect human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms.

The determination was on a case in which Lucia Masvondo and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights challenged state brutality on Masvondo.

Posting on Twitter, ZLHR said: High Court has just granted an interim order that @PoliceZimbabwe, army & other enforcement officers must respect human rights, dignity & fundamental freedoms, in Masvondo & @ZLHRLawyers case.

The case challenges torture, inhuman & degrading conduct, disrespect of dignity & violation of Constitution by @PoliceZimbabwe & army who invaded Masvondo’s home, assaulted her & set dogs on her. It also challenges none compliance with social distancing by ZRP & others.

The order is granted when there are reports suggesting that officers enforcing the 21-day national lockdown were harassing members of the public for allegedly defying the lockdown regulations.

Last week, a Harare man was left with a fractured hand after police assaulted him when they met him on his way to the shops to get change for his client. The court case also came at the time there has been human rights abuses with members of the press being targeted for victimisation.

In some cases it has been reported that people have lost their lives at the hands of the state. Last week in Kuwadzana suburb west of Harare, a man died of injuries after being beaten by the members of the country’s security forces.

In South Africa, a man Collins Khosa was killed by the security forces for drinking during lockdown, his family has since written a letter of demand to President Cyril Ramaphosa, they want compensation and to justice served on those who perpetrated the murder.

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