ZIMBABWE CRACKDOWN: Amnesty Int’l says children being held as bail for jailed activist pastor is deferred
The crackdown on anti-government protesters in Zimbabwe over a hike in fuel prices is still ongoing in the country with Amnesty International calling for a stop to violence on civilians.
The international body also claimed that children as young as 11 had been detained along with hundreds others.
“The authorities must immediately stop this merciless crackdown on activists, civil society leaders and others who are guilty of nothing more than exercising their right to freedom of expression,” Amnesty’s Deprose Muchena said in a statement.
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“The authorities must ensure that those who violated and continue to violate human rights face justice.”
In a related development, the bail application for arrested activist pastor Evan Mawarire has been deferred to next week by a High Court.
The embattled pastor was arrested on charges of subversion and has denied accusations that his Facebook video encouraging Zimbabweans to heed a strike call by the Zimbabwe Confederation of Trade Unions incited people to violence.
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