Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Women Activists Beaten, Tortured in Zimbabwe

Activists from the organization Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) released a preliminary report of the violence they experience by the police.

"The women endured various forms of torture, including beatings with a variety of instruments ... baton sticks, booted feet, wooden planks, being slapped, and falanga (beatings on the bottom of the feet)," Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) said in a report.

"The forced removal of underwear when in custody is recorded separately as it implies threatened sexual violence," said WOZA.

"Other forms of degrading and humiliating treatment the women suffered included being forced to kneel or crouch for prolonged periods and being insulted and threatened by police.

"Some of the women are subjected to cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment together with their children, as the police do not separate the mothers and their children when they suffer this treatment," it said.

WOZA hasn't posted the report on its website. I'll post the link when they do.

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