Investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was detained by the Zimbabwean government for allegedly being critical to the government of the day led by Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chin’ono was arrested at his home on Monday 20 July. He was accused of supporting calls by Jacob Ngarivhume for a planned protest against corruption on 31 July
Chin’ono was released on bail on Thursday ,3 September and this was welcomed by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). “However, the Commission remains deeply concerned with reports of alleged continued human rights violations in the Republic of Zimbabwe”. Said SAHRC.
This came after Chin’ono revealed that prisons in Zimbabwe are not good for human beings as there is no running water.SAHRC said while these alleged human rights violations are taking place in Zimbabwe, the SAHRC wishes to underline that human rights know no borders.
Reports in Zimbabwe further suggested that there have been instances of disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of those arrested and deprived of their liberty.
“The SAHRC urges the government of Zimbabwe and its relevant officials to treat those arrested and detained humanely and ensure access to basic rights and particularly, COVID-19 precautionary measures. Those who have been arrested for allegedly committing any offenses must still benefit from the presumption of innocence and subject to the rule of law.”
The Commission has taken on the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure the Republic of Zimbabwe complies with its human rights obligations promptly.