US Says Embrace National Dialogue With A Neutral Mediator & Stop Brutalizing Citizens

The United States of America has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to stop brutalizing citizens by allowing government forces to use excessive force.

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The United States’ Department of State also called on the government to embrace National Dialogue which is mediated by a credible and neutral third party. Below is the statement from the State Department,

The United States remains seriously concerned about the excessive use of force by Government of Zimbabwe security forces since January 14, which has resulted in at least 13 deaths, 600 victims of violence, torture or rape, and more than 1,000 arrests. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those killed or injured. The Government of Zimbabwe’s use of violence against civil society and imposition of undue internet restrictions betray promises to create a new Zimbabwe.

The United States calls on all sides to come together immediately in national dialogue. The dialogue process must be credible, inclusive, and mediated by a neutral third party. In order for such a dialogue to succeed, the Government of Zimbabwe should end its excessive violence and intimidation, immediately release the civil society activists who have been arbitrarily detained, and hold security force members responsible for human rights violations and abuses accountable. We also reiterate our call for the Government of Zimbabwe to enact promised political and economic reforms.

The statement comes at a time when President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government are under intense pressure from the international community over human rights violations. The European Union recently called on the government to implement reforms if it wants assistance while the United Kingdom said that it was not going to support Zimbabwe’s application to rejoin the Commonwealth or to receive financial assistance from international financial situations. The British actually went a step further and said that they were considering increasing the number of people under the targeted sanctions to include military commanders behind the brutal crackdown.

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