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Zimbabwe: Elections

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6350, tabled on 22 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of intimidation and violence perpetrated by (1) ZANU-PF activists, and (2) the Zimbabwe Republic Police, during the current election campaigns; and what representations they have made to the government of that country regarding video footage of violence against protestors by police officers at Harare Central Police Station.

Answered on

4 March 2022

The UK remains concerned by the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. This includes a lack of accountability for human rights violations, including those responsible for the death of protestors in August 2018 and January 2019, at the hands of the security forces. We are also aware of recent reports of police brutality and efforts to frustrate the opposition's right to free assembly. While the UK welcomes steps to legislate for an Independent Complaints Commission, the test will be its ability to act independently and effectively.

We have been clear that we want to see the Government of Zimbabwe meet its international and domestic obligations by respecting the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. The Minister for Africa emphasised these messages when she spoke to President Mnangagwa on 1 November 2021 at COP26 and our Ambassador in Harare continues to raise concerns about human rights in her meetings with senior government ministers and officials. Alongside significant development assistance to help ordinary Zimbabweans, we continue to support civil society organisations focused on human rights.