The Zimbabwe authorities must stop harassing political opponents and government critics, Amnesty International said yesterday, following the acquittal of a critic of President Robert Mugabe accused of plotting to overthrow him.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have condemned police intimidation against members of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe during the past week. Christians, including clergy and bishops, were barred from entering their churches on Christmas Day.
A Catholic human rights activist who denounced the atrocities of white minority rule in the country then called Rhodesia, has charted the "descent to tyranny" of Zimbabwe's post-independence ruler Robert Mugabe.
Human rights campaigners in Zimbabwe believe they have a 50:50 chance of seeing the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected in the country's new constitution. This would overturn existing Zimbabwean law.
A Zimbabwean Catholic priest has told Catholic aid agency CAFOD that despite supermarket shelves heaving with food imported from South Africa, the majority of Zimbabweans are still in need of food and basic medicines.