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UN experts call for end to abductions, torture in Zimbabwe

The experts, who included members of the UN’s working group on enforced disappearances, said last year alone 49 cases of abduction and torture were reported in the country.

FILE: MDC leader Nelson Chamisa (right) visits one of the youth leaders in hospital on 15 May 2020. Picture: @mdczimbabwe/Twitter

HARARE - Ten United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday called on the Zimbabwe government to end what they called a pattern of disappearances and torture aimed at suppressing dissent.

The experts, who included members of the UN’s working group on enforced disappearances, said last year alone 49 cases of abduction and torture were reported in the country.

In a hard-hitting statement, the 10 UN human rights experts said they were making an urgent call following the abduction and torture of three female Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) members in May.

The three, including MP Joana Mamombe, were allegedly abducted from a police station following their arrest for taking part in a protest march.

The UN experts said the abduction and torture of the three was an outrageous crime, and the perpetrators should be punished.

But state media on Wednesday quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as telling top Zanu-PF officials that the abduction of the three MDC women was orchestrated by vigilantes hired by hostile foreign governments.

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