Zimbabwe is on the cusp of political change. The actions of major political players and the international community at this crucial time will determine whether the transition is peaceful or descends into violence.
The Masvingo Magistrate Court in Zimbabwe sentenced journalist Patrick Chitongo to eight months imprisonment for violating the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act by publishing a newspaper.
Zimbabweans are showing the evidence of having been torn in all directions in the transitional period, according to a new poll sponsored by Freedom House and conducted by South African political analyst Susan Booysen and the Mass Public Opinion Institute in Harare.
Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House. The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.
Since 2006, Freedom House has worked with upwards of 60 civil society organizations in Zimbabwe, providing a broad range of support from trainings in strategic planning and organizational security, to programs that effectively mobilize popular civic engagement.