As President Robert Mugabe is sworn in for his seventh term in office, Freedom House is dismayed by the statements and actions of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the wake of Zimbabwe’s July 31st flawed elections. SADC’s assessment that the elections were free and fair despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, its call to repeal sanctions against Zimbabwe in the face of continuing democratic erosion, and the stunning election of Mugabe as the SADC’s next chairperson all call into question the organization’s judgment and legitimacy.
Freedom House calls on the international community, particularly the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), to condemn as deeply flawed Zimbabwe’s July 31 elections. These elections were plagued with voter roll manipulation and widespread intimidation from the ruling ZANU-PF, and were therefore neither free nor fair.
Freedom House condemns the serious flaws in Zimbabwe’s July 31 elections, notably the manipulation of voter rolls and widespread intimidation on the part of ZANU-PF, the party of longtime strongman Robert Mugabe. These elections can be considered neither free nor fair and the United States government, the Southern Africa Development Community, African Union, United Nations and democratic nations should denounce them as such.
Flaws in the process leading up to general elections in Zimbabwe call into question the elections’ credibility, according to Freedom House. Tomorrow, Zimbabwe will hold its first election since the violent 2008 elections that left more than 200 people dead and led to the signature of the Global Political Agreement, creating Zimbabwe’s power-sharing Government of National Unity.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
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.
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