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Here are 11 key numbers you should know before next week’s general elections in Zimbabwe.

Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these excuses get taken way too seriously. Dictators want us to believe that what they do is about the same as what happens in the United States or in European Union countries. It isn’t. In the following blog post we look at some of the most common claptrap dictators throw at us.

President Mugabe’s unilateral proclamation of an election date is a clear violation of the terms of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and Zimbabwe’s constitution and threatens to undermine the democratic rights of the country’s citizens. Freedom House calls on all members of Zimbabwe’s government to ensure that the necessary electoral reforms are implemented before elections take place.

Freedom House decries the arrest of prominent Zimbabwean human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa and four senior opposition leaders on Sunday, one day after a largely peaceful referendum on a draft constitution, and calls for their release. The referendum, which followed a marathon three-year effort to draft a new constitution, is seen as an important step towards the next Zimbabwean election. 



Senior Director for Program Strategy, Development and Learning and Director for Central, East and West Africa Programs

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