ZHRC Monitoring and Investigative Report in the Aftermath of the 14 January to 16 January 2019 Stay Away. 1. Introduction 1.1 This is the final report containing the findings of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), pursuant to a monitoring mission that was undertaken on the 17th - 18th, the 21st – 25th of January and the 11th of February 2019 in Harare Metropolitan Province, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East in the aftermath of disturbances that occurred from Monday 14 January 2019. The disturbances were a result of a stay away that was called for by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and other Civic Organizations. 1.2 The specific mandate of the ZHRC is to promote, protect and enforce human rights and fundamental freedoms in Zimbabwe, and its establishment and functions are elaborated in Sections 242 to 243 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20 of 2013. The purpose of the missions was to assess the human rights situation and the general concerns raised by communities and to understand the factors that contributed to the disturbances so as to make recommendations. 1.3 Following the announcement of fuel price hike by His Excellency the President on the 12th of January 2019 and the general economic malaise affecting the country, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and other civic organisations including the #This Flag movement called for a Page 1 of 68

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