The European Union (EU) and the United States have encouraged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to reveal what happened to pro-democracy and human rights activist, Itai Dzamara, who disappeared on the 9th of March 2015.
We publish their statement in its entirety below,
Joint Local Statement marking the 3rd year since the abduction and disappearance of Itai Dzamara
The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of EU Member States present in Harare, and the Heads of Mission of Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United States of America issue the following statement in Zimbabwe:
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines in international law that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security and that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
The Heads of Mission of the EU, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United States of America welcome the repeated commitment by the new Zimbabwean administration to these fundamental human rights and freedoms and to national healing and reconciliation.
Today, 9 March 2018, three years have passed since the abduction of human rights defender ltai Dzamara. His disappearance remains a dark shadow on the new horizon for Zimbabwe. The Heads of Mission encourage the new administration to ensure that human rights violations are tackled decisively and transparently, to shed light on Mr Dzamara’s fate and to serve justice.
In Harare, on 9 March 2018