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Zimbabwe Peace Project Reports Big Decline in Rights Violations in August

But the nongovernmental organization noted resistance in some rural areas to the new political dispensation in Harare where the former ruling party and opposition now share power

The Zimbabwe Peace Project has issued a new report noting a significant decline in human rights violations in the country in August, the most recent period it has documented, though the group noted resistance in some rural areas to the new political dispensation of a power-sharing government.

The project said reported violations eased from 1,335 in July to 527 in August, with a notable decline in incidents of severe violence. But it said discrimination in food distribution for political reasons persists in some areas.

The Peace Project also reported the disruption of meetings on the national constitutional revision process, with participants coming under heavy pressure to accept the so-called Kariba Draft as the basis for the revised constitution.

The former ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe wants the Kariba draft to be substantially incorporated into the new constitution, whereas both formations of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change say it should be just one source of language for the new documents.

Peace Project board member Okay Machisa noted in an interview with VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that violence flared recently when the MDC formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai disengaged from the unity government from October 16 to November 5 in protest of alleged ZANU-PF violations of the Global Political Agreement underpinning the power-sharing government.