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Dzamara's 4-Month Disappearance Worrying America

Members of Occupy Africa Unity Square in Harare on Thursday doing what they know best. (Photo: Occupy Africa Unity Square)

The United States says it remains deeply concerned about the disappearance of Occupy Africa Unity Square leader, Itai Dzamara, who was allegedly abducted by unknown assailants exactly four months ago.

In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Harare said it is worried about Dzamara’s wellbeing and apparent lack of progress by Zimbabwean authorities in their investigation.

“We join the European Union and the Embassy of Australia in their calls to the Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, to accord Mr. Dzamara the full protection of his fundamental human rights and freedoms, and to ensure that those responsible for his abduction are brought to justice.

“The United States places the protection of human rights at the center of our foreign policy.”

The U.S. called for Dzamara’s immediate and safe return to his family and friends, adding that America stands together with the missing activist and the people of Zimbabwe in supporting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

The High Court ordered the government to find Dzamara. His colleague, Charles Nyoni, told VOA Studio 7 they believe that Dzamara is still alive.

A prayer meeting is scheduled for Saturday in Harare where thousands of people, including members of the diplomatic community, political parties, ministers of religion and common people to attend the rally at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields.

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