Zimbabwe rights commission: security forces instigated systematic torture after protests

by Reuters
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:50 GMT

HARARE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) said on Tuesday security forces instigated systematic torture of residents following violent protests that erupted last week, sparked by a steep hike in the price of fuel.

The high level of force used on those who died or injured and supported by medical reports pointed to police brutality, a ZHRC commissioner told reporters.

Police say three people died during the unrest last week, but lawyers and human rights groups point to evidence suggesting at least a dozen were killed, while scores were treated for gunshot wounds. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe Editing by James Macharia)

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