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Zimbabwe: Reform of Public Order Act Considered

(Dec. 14, 2010) On December 8, 2010, Zimbabwe's Parliament passed amendments to the country's Public Order and Security Act (Public Order and Security Act No. 1 of 2002, Cap. 11:17, (Harare, Government Printer, 2002)) that would remove from the police the authority to ban public meetings, giving it to magistrates instead. In addition, the change […]

Zimbabwe: Proposal to Strengthen Legislature

(Nov. 10, 2010) In late October 2010, the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) submitted its model constitution to the Constitutional Select Committee and to the Constitutional Affairs Minister, Eric Matinenga. Zimbabwean leaders, including President Robert Mugabe, have agreed that the country needs a new constitution to ensure democracy. The LSZ model proposes strengthening the role […]

Zimbabwe: Gang Rapes of Men by Women on the Rise

(Oct. 12, 2010) It was reported on October 6, 2010, that a 26-year-old man in Zimbabwe is alleging that three women kidnapped, robbed, and gang raped him after they drugged him and rendered him unable to defend himself. This is said to be the fifth allegation of sexual assault by women on a male victim […]

Zimbabwe: Mine Ownership Proposal

(May 24, 2010) On May 19, 2010, the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, an umbrella organization of companies involved in the mining industry, proposed a much more moderate rule on local ownership of mines than had previously been adopted by the government. A recent Zimbabwean law on the subject states that foreign mining firms must […]

Zimbabwe: Bill Proposed to Diminish Police Role in Regulating Public Gatherings

(Feb. 12, 2010) On February 3, 2010, legislation to amend the Public Order and Security Act [POSA] of 2001 was introduced in the Zimbabwean House of Assembly as a private member's bill. (New Bill Seeks to Limit Police Powers, THE HERALD, Feb. 4, 2010, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/201002040061.html.) The speaker of the House of Assembly has […]

Zimbabwe: Juveniles to Be Flogged for Homosexual Act

(Mar. 30, 2009) A regional magistrate in Zimbabwe sentenced two 16-year-old high school students who pleaded guilty to sodomy charges to receive “moderate” corporal punishment of three caning strokes each, to be administered by a designated prison officer. In addition, the magistrate imposed on the teenage boys a conditionally suspended one-year prison sentence for five […]

Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment Provides for Prime Minister Position

(Feb. 13, 2009) It was reported on February 10, 2009, that, in line with the power-sharing arrangement reached between Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party, ZANU-PF, and Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, the Zimbabwean Parliament passed a key constitutional amendment that will make Tsvangirai the first Zimbabwean Prime Minister. The bill has been sent to […]

Zimbabwe: Government Ignores Court Order

(Dec. 15, 2008) It was reported on December 1, 2008, that according to the Lands Minister, Didymus Mutasa, the Zimbabwean government is going to step-up expropriation of farm land owned by white farmers, in defiance of the South African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal's recent ruling on a suit brought by white land owners. The SADC […]

Zimbabwe: Court Dismisses Government’;s Case Against Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) A Zimbabwean court dismissed charges against a NEW YORK TIMES journalist and a British man for reporting Zimbabwe's election “without proper accreditation.” The court cited the state's failure to prove “reasonable suspicion of them practicing as journalists” as the reason for throwing out the case. (Zimbabwe Court Clears 2 Foreign Journalists, AP, […]