The United States and the European Union and human rights groups have called on Zimbabwe to find abducted activist, Itai Dzamara.
Dzamara was last seen at a barber’s shop in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital two years ago.
In 2015, he launched a petition against President Mugabe, urging the long-time President to step down and conduct fresh elections. He cited the failed promises made by Mugabe and the deepening political and economic catastrophe. He staged solo protests at the Unity Square in Harare, accusing President Mugabe of crippling Zimbabwe.
Human rights organizations and foreign embassies have not ceased to call on the Zimbabwean government to find the missing activist. Zimrights (Zimbabwe human rights group) is “concerned by the apparent lack of interest by the authorities in solving this major human rights issue. The organization also chided the securiy forces for disregarding the High Court order of March 2015, which ordered state security institutions to find Itai Dzamara.
“The Heads of mission of the EU and Switzerland remain deeply concerned at the lack of progress in this case and call once again on the Zimbabwean authorities to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts and to ensure that justice is served,” EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that non-violent protests are a constitutional right of every Zimbabwean which Itai Dzamara adhered to.
“To express opinion in a nonviolent way is a constitutional right for all Zimbabwean citizens including for Mr Dzamara and it is the obligation of the authorities to protect the rights of all citizens,” he said.
In 2016, when foreign embassies began demanding that Dzamara be found, President Mugabe accused the “west” of meddling in local politics.
The United States embassy in Zimbabwe urged the government to find Dzamara, stating that it was not a “political issue” as accused but “an issue of basic human rights and rule of law.”
“We once again call on Zimbabwean authorities to show their commitment to protecting the constitutionally guaranteed human rights of all Zimbabweans, regardless of political beliefs or affiliation,” the US embassy said.
March 9 made it exactly two years since Itai Dzamara was bundled into a white van with concealed plate numbers