A selection of recent reports and news on Zimbabwe

June 2014:



May 2014: 


April 2014:

 Zimbabwe’s International Re-engagement: The Long Haul to Recovery (April 2014) go to link below:


Zimbabwe still a country of concern, says FCO
14 April 2014

On 10 April, the FCO held an event to present its 2013 Human Rights and Democracy Report. Below is what the report says about Zimbabwe.

“The human rights situation in Zimbabwe remained relatively stable throughout 2013, with a slight improvement on previous years. Zimbabwe Peace Project reported fewer than 5,000 cases of politically motivated human rights violations between January to November 2013. This compares to 5,096 in 2012, and 10,188 in 2011, 10,703 in 2010, 14,725 in 2009, and a peak of 23,755 cases recorded for 2008. Levels of politically motivated human rights violations have continued on a downward trajectory throughout the country.

However, serious concerns remain, including political violence, and harassment of political opposition, journalists, judges and human rights defenders (HRDs). Many international human rights indicators still rank Zimbabwe amongst the worst countries in the world in terms of civil liberties, political rights and press freedoms.

Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) feedback on public meeting on the Analysis of the Electoral Amendment Bill on 10 April 2014. See link http://zimbabweassociation.org.uk/diaspora-news/home-news/

March 2014:









- Human Rights Watch,  *World Report 2014 – Zimbabwe*, 21 January
2014.     Online. UNHCR Refworld, available at:
- International Federation for Human Rights,  *Zimbabwe: Two
human   rights defenders acquitted*, 28 November 2013.  Online. UNHCR
Refworld,   available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52de4d5b7.html
- Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN),  *Zimbabwe’s
ailing   economy fuelling child labour*, 9 January 2014.  Online. UNHCR
Refworld,   available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/52cfc57a4.html
- Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre,  *Zimbabwe: How are
returned   asylum seekers treated, especially people who deserted the
Zimbabwe armed   forces?*, 14 November 2013.  Online. UNHCR Refworld, available
- Ireland: Refugee Documentation Centre,  *Zimbabwe: Information
on   mining/land grabbing by Zanu PF in Zimbabwe, their complicity
9 December 2013.  Online. UNHCR Refworld, available at:

The final ZHRC report on the 2013 elections has been released, see link


Recommended listening:   four  YouTube links on the 2013 Zimbabwe Harmonised elections.

Voices of the Zimbabwean people — after the election 2013 – YouTube

Voices of the Zimbabwean people — before the election … – YouTube

SADC-ESN observes the elections in Zimbabwe – 2013 – YouTube

Reportage On Zimbabwe General Elections 2013 – YouTube


October 2013 – Solidarity Peace Trust Report


Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa said ‘There is no doubt that the new government will be judged on the basis of its human rights record and ability to improve the living conditions for everyone in the country’.

The Government of Zimbabwe must guarantee all human rights enshrined in the new Constitution, Amnesty International said in a Human Rights Agenda issued as President Robert Mugabe approaches the 100th day of his new term.
In the report, Human Rights Agenda for the New Government – 2013 to 2018, the organization urges the Zimbabwean government to take significant steps to improve the country’s poor human rights record


Troubled Water, Human Rights Watch Report November 2013 on water situation in Harare  http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/11/19/troubled-water-0

ZESN 2013 Advance Harmonised Election Report—Full report  click


Click on link for Latest briefing from Zimbabwe Europe Network  ZEN Briefing Note July (4)

Zimbabwe Election 2013 Resources
www.kubatana.net improves the accessibility of human rights and civic information in Zimbabwe. You can browse over 23,300 articles, reports and other documents. Use our Directory to contact a variety of NGOs, civil society organisations and social justice groups.

Know where to vote: here is the full list of polling stations
Know who to vote for: here is the list of candidates
Know what to vote for: here are the party manifestos: MDC-T / Zanu PF / MDC

Bonus feature 
Use Google’s Zimbabwe Election Landing Page to keep you continuously updated over the election. Bookmark this page!

Breaking news/results/election updates via text message 
Join Kubatana’s popular SMS list and keep yourself informed with our text messages during the election. Just text ‘updates’ to 0772452201. Share this information with your friends and colleagues!

Another AfricaFocus Bulletin  available on the web at http://www.africafocus.org/docs13/zim1307b.php) contains two
parallel civil society reports, from the Research and Advocacy Unit  and the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, with analyses of the
Zimbabwe Voters’ Roll being used for the July 31 election. Also  included is a statement by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
following the first round of “special voting” by Zimbabwe security  forces.

http://www.sokwanele.com/  – this is a good site for news on the elections and what is happening back home


Recent report (5 June) from Human Rights Watch about situation in Zimbabwe with impending elections.


202 Zimbabwe – Election Scenarios  Latest Report on Zimbabwe  from the International Crisis Group


Foreign and Commonwealth Office  have listed 27 countries in their annual report that have/continue to severely abuse Human Rights – Zimbabwe is included (page 259-263)
Download full 2012 report

Comparison of ZEC March 2008 harmonised results & 2013 Referendum results

The Electoral System -What Needs To Be Done Prior To Elections In Zimbabwe

Constitutional Scorecard  for a snapshot view  of the proposed Constitution

For final Draft Constitution click on : https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=draft+constitution+zimbabwe&rlz=1C1RNNN_enGB406GB406&aq=f&oq=draft&aqs=chrome.1.57j59j61l3j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

For abridged version click on  http://www.swradioafrica.com/

Zimbabwe Referendum Watch (ZRW) : Issue 1
Sokwanele : 03 March 2013


Go to link below for  Human Rights Watch Report on Zimbabwe – January 2013


News Updates 2012 /13


For ZEN’s overview of 2nd Stakeholders Conference ZENSpecialFocus2ndStakeholders

For  ZEN’s Discussion Paper  on Elections click on   2012SeptZENonElections

Click on   http://www.sokwanele.com/zigwatch  for  Issue 40 of Zimbabwe Inclusive government Watch (a summary of recent events)

Financing a Parallel Government – New report by Global Witness http://www.globalwitness.co.uk/library/financing-parallel-government-Zimbabwe

http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/82894 for “Political paralysis of coalition government stalls nation” 13 June 2012

Crisis Coalition Briefing number 69 :http://www.crisiszimbabwe.org/.

Click on  http://www.sokwanele.com/ for Issue 37 of Zimbabwe Inclusive government Watch (a summary of recent events)

Click on 201310Weekly for roundup of recent news

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Click on ZENWeekly201215 for a roundup of recent news

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Click on ZENWeekly201211 for a roundup of recent news

Click on ZENweekly082012 for a roundup of the week’s news

Click on ZENweekly072012 for a roundup of the week’s news

Click on ZENweekly052012 for a roundup of the week’s news

Click on   ZENweekly042012  for a roundup of the week’s news

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Zimbabwe OGN

Click on heading above for updated Operational Guidance Note on Zimbabwe, August 2012

Still Here Still Human has published a response to the OGN,

SHSH Commentary on the August 2012 Zimbabwe OGN

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights summarised analyis of COPAC Draft Constitution (26 September 2012)

Click on link http://www.zlhr.org.zw/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=124

Click on link below for current Country of Origin Information on Zimbabwe


Click link for Amnesty report on Zimbabwe


Report on HO Visit to Zimbabwe August 2010

Click on heading above for the report from the Fact Finding Mission who visited Zimbabwe in August 2010