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United States Expresses Concern Over Abducted Itai Dzamara's Wellbeing

Itai Dzamara's wife, Sheffra with her children and some civil society activists.
Itai Dzamara's wife, Sheffra with her children and some civil society activists.

The United States says it remains deeply concerned about the abduction of Zimbabwean civil society activist and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara, who was forced into unmarked vehicle two years ago.

In a statement, the U.S Embassy in Harare said it is worried about Dzamara's whereabouts and wellbeing.

"The lack of progress in this case raises doubts about the intention of the authorities responsible for the investigation.

"We once again call on Zimbabwean authorities to show their commitment to protecting the constitutionally-guaranteed human rights of all Zimbabweans, regardless of political beliefs or affiliation. We again call on Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize the full extent of their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."

The U.S said this is not an issue of politics. "This is an issue of basic human rights and rule of law. All citizens of Zimbabwe have the right to life and personal liberty, the right to participate in peaceful political activities, including the right to demonstrate and petition peacefully, and the right to express themselves freely and without repercussion. We stand together with Mr. Dzamara, the Dzamara family and the people of Zimbabwe in demanding resolution in this case and in supporting their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly."

Dzamara, whose organization wants President Robert Mugabe to step down for failing to properly run Zimbabwe, was abducted by suspected state security agents at a barber shop in Harare's Glenview suburb.
The Zimbabwean government has distanced itself from the abduction while civil society leaders say it is responsible for his disappearance.

The High Court ordered state security agents to find the missing political activist, who was recently recognized by Amnesty International for fighting against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.