Four WOZA Members Arrested Today

Members of WOZA © AP

Members of WOZA © AP

Four members of the Zimbabwe group Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were arrested and detained today after taking part in a peaceful demonstration outside of the Meikles hotel in Harare. The WOZA members are believed to have been seriously injured after they were allegedly beaten by police at the demonstration. The arrests and beatings of these human rights defenders occurred while the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, was in Harare on the final day of a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe. Amnesty International has been informed that police accused the WOZA members of demonstrating in front of International visitors in order to embarrass the government and understands that this is why they were arrested. The four WOZA members, who are currently detained at Harare Central police station, have allegedly been denied access to medical care by the Law and Order section of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. Another demonstration in Bulawayo was was violently broken up by police on Wednesday.

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7 thoughts on “Four WOZA Members Arrested Today

  1. Thank you for the updates…the rising of abuses in Africa is still high.i hereby send my concerns to those 4 woman alleged to be beaten..and arrested..As a follower of Amnesty…am honoured to be part of sendin this email for their immediate release and to be given freedm of expresion.
    Remy.

  2. Thank you for the updates…the rising of abuses in Africa is still high.i hereby send my concerns to those 4 woman alleged to be beaten..and arrested..As a follower of Amnesty…am honoured to be part of sendin this email for their immediate release and to be given freedm of expresion.
    Remy.

  3. Our AI group 191 is using WOZA for tabling at a sidewalk sale this week in our village. Thanks for keeping event in the public view.

    don Z

  4. Our AI group 191 is using WOZA for tabling at a sidewalk sale this week in our village. Thanks for keeping event in the public view.

    don Z

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