Amnesty International Urges State To Respect Public Demonstrations Ruling

Amnesty International has called on Zimbabwean authorities to respect the latest court ruling and to allow public demonstrations.

This after a high court overturned a police ban on anti-government protests in the Harare city centre.

High Court Justice Priscilla Chigumba ruled that the ban violated Zimbabwean’s rights to peaceful protest.  

She added that the two week prohibition order on marches in the city centre was issued in an unprocedural manner and that it was also unconstitutional.

The state has been given seven days to remedy the anomalies.

The Zimbabwe government imposed a ban on protests in Harare on 1 September 2016, under the Public Order and Security Act for a period of two weeks.

This after several calling for President Robert Mugabe to step down turned violent.

Over the weekend, the veteran leader warned judges against allowing opposition marches to go ahead, describing such permission as reckless.

Lawyer and leader of the People’s Democratic Party who challenged the police order, Tendai Biti, has welcomed the latest ruling.