International court urged to prosecute Mugabe

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
22 July 2010

A leading advocacy group has called for urgent international action to prevent the “looming carnage” in Zimbabwe, warning that the next presidential election will condemn thousands of people to violence, unless there is immediate action.

The group, AIDS-Free World, has urged the United Nations Security Council to take the lead in confronting Robert Mugabe, warning that the “writing is on the wall” for more politically motivated violence ahead of possible elections. The group expressed particular concern for the safety of the country’s women, warning they could face a “grisly repeat” of the politically motivated rape campaign orchestrated by Mugabe during the 2008 elections.

Last year AIDS-Free World released a shock report detailing the horrific rape campaign against Zimbabwe’s women, as part of ZANU PF’s violent strategy to hold on to power. The report, ‘Electing to Rape: Sexual Terror in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe’, documents 380 rapes committed by 241 perpetrators, who all identified themselves to their victims as ZANU PF members. The report also detailed that the figures are just the tip of the iceberg, as many other rape victims are too fearful to come forward. Any kind of justice for the crimes has been nonexistent, and there has been no condemnation or action from [continue reading]

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