Commissions Watch ZHRC Press Statement on the Planned Demonstrations 17 August 2019 openly and freely. Mutual respect, upholding of fundamental human rights and observance of the rule of law are some of the founding values and principles of the Zimbabwean society. The ZHRC also takes this opportunity to call upon the Zimbabwe Police Service to discharge its Constitutional mandate by enforcing the law without fear or favour as provided in Section 219 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. This means not only protecting the rights of those participating in demonstrations, but also protecting the lives and property of all people. The principles of good governance, which bind the State and all institutions and agencies of Government at every level include the respect for rights of all political parties as well as fostering of national unity, peace and stability. To this end, the Commission calls upon the Zimbabwe Police Service to investigate allegations of the abduction and assault of human rights defenders and opposition political leaders that seem to be linked to the planned demonstrations. Any cases of enforced disappearances and lawlessness should be condemned in the strongest of terms and the perpetrators should be made accountable through prosecution. As usual the ZHRC will deploy its teams of monitors to assess the situation on the ground with a view to contributing to the development of human rights, democracy, rule of law, good governance, and peace and stability in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Offices: Harare: 144 Samora Machel Ave Bulawayo: 49 JNM Nkomo Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues) Website: Email: Telephone Numbers Harare Office (0242)703 617, 700705, 700710 Bulawayo Office (0292)64170-3 Mobile Hotline Numbers 0771 838 654/ 0771 838 655/ 0771 838 656 Veritas makes every effort to ensure reliable information, but cannot take legal responsibility for information supplied. If you are looking for legislation please look for it on If you want to contact Veritas, have any questions or wish to subscribe or unsubscribe please email Follow us on This work is licensed under a Creative (+263 71 893 3633) Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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