Forced evictions and desperate plight of homeless in Zimbabwe


We want to put into perspective the Statement of Solidarity from the Canadian Zimbabwe Inter-Agency Reference Group with the people of Zimbabwe, written by, among others, Rooftops Canada, HIC member, and published in HIC web site.

Amnesty International, in a secret video footage, reveals desperate plight of homeless due to violent conflicts in Zimbabwe.

If you want to see this video, in Real Player, just click here.

Forced evictions and violence:

In a devastating development commencing on May 19, 2005, the Government of Zimbabwe orchestrated the forced eviction of hundreds of thousands of informal traders and families living in informal settlements across the country as part of a crackdown called “Operation Murambatsvina” – widely translated as “drive out the rubbish” but being referred to by police as “operation restore order”. Evictions have been carried out without notice and without court orders in a flagrant disregard for due process and the rule of law and in blatant contravention of internationally recognized human rights, including those under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. During the forced evictions, police and other members of the security forces have used excessive force — burning homes destroying property and beating individuals.

If you want to get more information, just visit Amnesty International webpage, and also the Zimbabwe Situation webpage.