Zimbabwe: 30 years of independence

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On Sunday 18 April 2010, Zimbabwe will celebrate 30 years of Independence, 23 of which have taken place under the rule of President Robert Mugabe.

To mark the event, Amnesty International is releasing a series of exclusively commissioned photographs which show the effects today on those evicted en masse in 2005 under Operation Murambatsvina.

Amnesty International’s expert on Zimbabwe, Simeon Mawanza, recently returned from the country where he met survivors of the 2008 political violence and people who had been affected by the 2005 mass forced evictions.

Simeon Mawanza will be available for interviews to discuss his recent field trip and also to comment on the present-day human rights situation in Zimbabwe, including how the unity government is addressing past and present human rights issues.

To obtain embargoed copies of the photographs or arrange an interview, please contact Katy Pownall, Amnesty International Africa Press Officer, on +44 20 7 413 5729 or katy.pownall@amnesty.org.

Source: Amnesty International

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