Since the elections, elements of the security forces have systematically brutalised ordinary Zimbabweans, with almost 700 people beaten, 6 murdered and over 7,000 people displaced. The majority of Zimbabweans have already rejected Robert Mugabe as President. For any second round to be free and fair, violence must cease and international observers be given access now. We will continue to urge for a UN human rights mission or envoy to investigate abuses.
More than 700 verified cases of politically motivated violence have been recorded, at least 120 people have been hospitalised and six murdered since 29 March. 7,000 people have been displaced. The UK is supporting the victims of violence through DFID’s aid programme, and continues to press for a UN human rights mission or envoy to visit Zimbabwe to investigate abuses.