Banned Exhibition Finds Reception In Europe

The session runs up to March 25.

Reflections is a collection of photos of people brutalized in the political violence during the period 2007—2008.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights); Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition regional office in South Africa and the Geneva based Zimbabwe Advocacy Office have teamed up to exhibit the photos warning the international community of the violence that will grip the country in the event of elections.

By bringing the Reflections Exhibition to the UN and international organizations in Geneva, Zimbabwe’s NGOs aim to provide direct evidence of the state-sponsored human rights violations in the last decade.

In the run up to the Geneva exhibition, the photo exhibition was held in European capitals such as London (UK); Dublin (Ireland); Budapest (Hungary) and Brussels (Belgium) among others. The exhibition was well received according to Dewa Mavhinga, Crisis regional coordinator.

The exhibition comes at a time there has been a new wave of violence across the country and will provide a visual reminder to the international community of the continuing need to remain engaged in supporting democratic reform and transitional justice in Zimbabwe.

ZimRights has been struggling to exhibit the photos in other parts of the country with the police saying the images have a potential of inciting violence.

Last year, police raided the Gallery Delta in Harare and seized photographic material that ZimRights has been collecting since 2007.

The photos were returned after the High Court ordered the police to release the pictures.