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South African Civic Groups Charge Brutality By Zimbabwean Police

The Solidarity Peace Trust and the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation released a report Thursday in Johannesburg alleging that the Zimbabwean policy have committed numerous human rights violations, including torture, against political prisoners.

The study of 1,981 political arrests between 2000 and 2005 found 33% of detainees were tortured by police. It said convictions resulted in just 1.5% of those cases.

The chairman of the Solidarity Peace Trust, Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, tells Studio 7 reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga that the report is intended to raise public and international awareness of rights violations in Zimbabwe.

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