Inquire into Disappearance of Activist, Zimbabwe urged

Harare-Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the disappearance of Zimbabwean political activist Itai Dzamara.

Dzamara a critic of then President Robert Mugabe was abducted from a barbershop on 9 March 2015.

“Today we join Itai’s family in calling on the Zimbabwean authorities to conduct a thorough, independent, effective and transparent investigation into his disappearance.

“People do not simply vanish into thin air. We need to see an inquiry with findings that are made public, and suspected perpetrators brought to justice, as well as an end to the harassment and intimidation of activists and critics in Zimbabwe.”

“Amnesty International is calling on the government to set up an independent judge-led Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances around the abduction of Itai Dzamara, with powers to subpoena witnesses” read a statement from Amnesty

Amnesty earlier expressed that governments around the world are consistently using enforced disappearances to secure power and silence opposition or critics, arguing to stop such policy.

The state however, denies any involvement in the abduction. He has not been heard from since amid calls for the state to intervene.

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