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Human Rights Group Criticizes Zimbabwe

A human rights group says defenders of such rights in Zimbabwe continue to suffer constant abuse by the government.

Amnesty International says rights activists are subjected to threats, constant surveillance by state security agents, arbitrary arrests, physical violence and torture.

The London-based group says it is particularly concerned about the constant harassment of the group Women of Zimbabwe Arise. Amnesty International says WOZA activists have been repeatedly arrested since February, 2003 while engaging in peaceful protests of the country's worsening economic situation. In some cases, babies and young children have been jailed with their mothers.

The human rights group is calling on President Robert Mugabe's government, which was reelected in March, to repeal repressive laws, including those that curb free speech.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and Amnesty International press release.