Statement on the arrest and detention of 44 GALZ members

Published: August 12, 2012

GALZ deplores the arrest of 44 members of GALZ who had attended the launch
of the GALZ Violations Report and a briefing on the Second Draft of the
Zimbabwe Constitution on 11 August 2012 at the GALZ offices.

Four police officers attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for
back up where about fifteen riot squad members descended on the office and
effected arrest.Thirty one men and thirteen women members were detained
overnight at Harare Central Police Station on 11 August 2012. Police, some of
them visibly drunk, assaulted most of the members using baton sticks, open
hands and clenched fists before detaining them without charge.

Such use of force is in direct contradiction to the Global Political Agreement.
Denying Zimbabweans the right to participate in processes that compliment
National efforts is an infringement of the right to freedom of assembly and

It is the constitutional obligation of state agencies to uphold all the rights of
citizens under the Declaration of Rights. GALZ calls on the state to immediately
refrain from the use of any form of organised violence and to refrain from utilising
violence of any sort in the pursuit of their political interests.

GALZ does not condone violence and we are not a threat. Those who cause
violence are a threat to public safety and security and we ask that they stay away
from our premises.

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