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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe 
January 26, 2022

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe

January 26, 2022

as delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Moeling

The United States recommends that Zimbabwe:

1. Establish an independent complaints mechanism to investigate and hold accountable members of the security forces who allegedly engaged in violations and abuses;

2. Enforce security and due process laws adopted under the 2013 constitution that prohibit arbitrary arrests and prolonged detentions;

3. Allow the practice of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association for all; and

4. Respect and guarantee the separation of powers to ensure judicial independence and impartial decision-making, and also respect and guarantee independent and transparent processes for the appointment, dismissal, and extension of tenure for judges.

While Zimbabwe has attained a high COVID-19 vaccination rate, we are concerned that authorities have used COVID-19 regulations to justify severe restrictions on citizens’ rights to vote and on the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association.