Publications

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Torture in Zimbabwe: Past and Present Prevention, Punishment, Reparation?

This report draws attention to the ongoing difficulties victims of torture face in Zimbabwe, given the impunity which perpetrators enjoy. It is an update of a report produced by REDRESS in 2003 as part of a survey of law and practice in 31 selected states. This report focuses on the many legal and institutional obstacles and problems which continue to face local, regional and international organisations and individuals, as well as governments, concerned about torture in Zimbabwe and the need for justice and reparations for its victims. Torture has been practiced in Zimbabwe for decades, both before and since independence in 1980, and remains an ever-present reality in Zimbabwe, as does the culture of impunity for perpetrators.

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Ensuring the Effective Participation of Victims Before the International Criminal Court

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2005 REDRESS Annual Report

Our annual report for 2005 provides an overview of the work that REDRESS undertook from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005.

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Zimbabwe: The Face of Torture and Organised Violence

In 2004 REDRESS issued a report on the trends and patterns of organised violence and torture in Zimbabwe, detailing their associations with elections and showing clearly and graphically that in recent years organised violence and torture were most closely associated with elections. This report expands on this and produces additional material on human rights violations in Zimbabwe. It also includes selected case studies on torture, some relating directly to political activity and others not. The purpose of these case studies is to illustrate the range of torture victims and the methods of torture employed. A trend was its use against Zanu-PF supporters themselves, deeply ingrained in certain sections of the police but particularly within the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). The report questioned at the time whether it was possible to have free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, given both the scale and intensity of previous abuses, the extent to which these abuses had damaged the structures necessary for such a democratic exercise, and the ever-lurking threat of violence and torture which broke out periodically as the election date approached.

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The Protection of British Nationals Detained Abroad

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Zimbabwe: Torturous Patterns Destined to Repeat Themselves in Upcoming Election Campaign

This report concludes that human rights violations in Zimbabwe during the period July 2001 to December 2003 cannot be described as random acts of political violence between political parties, nor as clashes due to problems over land. The most pressing conclusion of this report is that there is a clear association between serious violations of human rights violations and elections, and especially national elections.  

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