Three more reported dead in Zimbabwe mass evictions

[JURIST] Three more people were reported dead Thursday as a result of "Operation Drive Out Trash" or "Operation Restore Order", [JURIST report] Zimbabwe's controversial 6-week government demolition and squatter resettlement plan, when police swept through an illegal settlement west of the capital Harare. According to the Director of Amnesty International's Africa Program Kolawole Olaniyan, Porta Farm [SDI backgrounder], an informal settlement of at least 10,000 people established by the government more than 10 years ago, has been razed [AI press release], with many residents being forcibly removed by trucks. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights [advocacy website] say that the dead included a pregnant woman who fell off a truck and a four year old boy who was run over. A UN special envoy is currently in Zimbabwe to investigate the government campaign, which has resulted in over 46,000 arrests [JURIST report]. AP has more.



 

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