Zimbabwe: Government sends Riot Police to disrupt Inauguration of Ndebele King

The government of Zimbabwe has sent in armed riot police and teargas canons to stop a traditional ceremony to inaugurate the Ndebele King Mzilikazi 2 at Bulawayo International Trade Fair today.

Article 2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities clearly stipulates that “Persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (hereinafter referred to as persons belonging to minorities) have the right to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practise their own religion, and to use their own language, in private and in public, freely and without interference or any form of discrimination.” The article further states that “Persons belonging to minorities have the right to participate
effectively in cultural, religious, social, economic and public life.”

The action of the Zimbabwean government is a brazen violation of the rights of the minority Ndebele people in Zimbabwe who have since the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980 been subjected to various heinous acts of marginalization, discrimination and subjugation including a tribal genocide that left over 20 000 Ndebele civilians dead.

This action further violates the fundamental rights of the people enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe especially:
1. Freedom of assembly and association - Section 58 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe;
2. Freedom of Conscience - Section 60 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe;
3. Right to language and culture - Section 63 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe

Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights has advised the organizers of the inauguration including all the people of Matabeleland whose rights were affected to approach the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and register their grievances.

Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights is an independent human rights think tank that exists to enhance the protection, promotion and fulfilment of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe.

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Date: 12/09/2017

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