JUST IN: Human rights defender Dewa Mavhinga has died


Human Rights Watch Southern Africa Director, Dewa Mavhinga, has died.

Respected media practitioner, Hopewell Daddy Hope Chin’ono, posted on social media mourning the human rights defender.

“I am gutted to hear that @dewamavhinga has passed on.

“He was a great advocate for human rights in Zimbabwe and beyond.

“A gentle giant who was always there for anyone who was facing political persecution.

“You did so much brother for all of us.

“May your soul Rest In Peace!”

Dewa was the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. He had more than ten years research and advocacy experience on Zimbabwe as well as in Southern Africa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Dewa worked as the Regional Coordinator for Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition based in Johannesburg.

In 2012 Dewa co-founded the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, a public policy research think-tank based in Harare. He was a recipient of the British Chevening and Canon Collins Trust scholarship, Dewa had a bachelor of laws honours degree (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a master of laws degree in international human rights (LLM) from Essex University, United Kingdom.

– My Zimbabwe

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