By Staff Reporter
Amnesty International has demanded that all those responsible for human rights abuses in Zimbabwe during the Mugabe regime be brought to justice.
Reacting to last night’s resignation of President Robert Mugabe who has ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, Amnesty international Secretary General Salil Shetty said Mugabe condoned human rights abuses and other criminal acts against citizens.
“After more than three decades of violent repression, the way forward for the country is to renounce the abuses of the past and transition into a new era where the rule of law is respected and those who are responsible for injustices are held to account. During 37 years of President Mugabe’s leadership, tens of thousands of people were tortured, forcibly disappeared or killed. President Mugabe condoned human rights violations, defended criminal actions of his officials and allowed a culture of impunity for grotesque crimes to thrive,’ he said in a statement today.
“Although Zimbabwe invested heavily in social services in the early years of independence, much of this progress was wiped out by later events such as the Operation Murambatsvina, forced evictions campaign of 2005, which destroyed the homes or livelihoods of 700, 000 people.”
He demanded that the next leadership commits to upholding the republican constitution.
“The people of Zimbabwe deserve better. The next generation of leaders must commit itself to upholding the constitution, living up to Zimbabwe’s international human rights obligations and treating its people with dignity and justice,” stated Shetty.
Mugabe became Prime Minister and leader of Zimbabwe in 1980 after the country gained independence from the United Kingdom.
He officially became the President of Zimbabwe in 1987 after constitutional changes and has ruled the country with iron fist since then.