November Campaign update for local groups: Zimbabawe Human Rights Defenders
Although this year's elections were largely peaceful, considerable controversy arose over questions about the credibility of the election process.
Zimbabwe remains a dangerous and challenging country to be a human rights defender. Prior to the elections, there was a crackdown against civil society which brought fears of a repeat of the violent 2008 elections.
On 19 and 20 September many Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) members were beaten and arrested by police at peaceful demonstrations. WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu were arrested on both days and Magodonga was also one of those beaten. These were the first WOZA demonstrations since the election.
On 28 November, Amnesty will launch a report to mark 100 days since the formation of the new government and we will use this opportunity to show solidarity from across the Amnesty movement.
Now is a key time to show our support for the Zimbabwe human right's community.
What you can do
We're asking groups to get create a human rights poster which we will pass on to human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. This briefing includes creative ideas as well as more information on the organisations and individuals that have been affected by the crackdown.