The beating of peaceful protesters, including a prominent human rights activist, by Zimbabwean Police shows a complete disregard for the rule of law and a culture of impunity, said Amnesty International today.
The organization is calling on the government to conduct an immediate, full, transparent and impartial investigation after dozens of police were captured on video beating up human rights activist Sydney Chisi with batons earlier today.
“The brutal beating of Sydney Chisi by anti-riot police is abhorrent. It is against international standards on policing of peaceful demonstrations. This must stop,” said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa.
Sydney Chisi was one of scores of protesters demonstrating outside the South African embassy in Harare against xenophobic violence in South Africa, where Zimbabweans, and other foreign nationals, have been targeted.
Sydney Chisi was admitted in hospital and treated for injuries sustained during the beating. Several other protesters were also injured.