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Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops, Lawyers Criticize Alleged Government Abuses

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Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops, Lawyers Criticize Alleged Government Abuses

Zimbabwe’s catholic bishops and the law society have criticized the government for alleged human rights abuses and a crackdown on dissent.

The law society of Zimbabwe said in a statement the human rights situation was deteriorating and that lawyers were also under attack from government agents.

The law society further condemns the abduction and torture of citizens across the country by state security agents and individuals allegedly unknown but aligned to the state.

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There have been growing concerns over authorities’ treatment of opponents amid a worsening economic crisis.

The Zimbabwe catholic bishops conference said in a pastoral letter that the country had a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption and human rights abuses.

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The bishops said in the letter read out at catholic churches on Sunday that there is fear among the people and an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in the nation.

The government has responded through information minister Monica Mutsvangwa that the pastoral letter is an evil message meant to stoke a “Rwanda-type genocide.” President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government said “the evil” accusations were baseless.”

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Zimbabwe`s inflation is currently running at more than 800% in what is seen as the worst economic crisis in more than a decade

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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