A High Court decision barring the forced eviction of families from Arnold Farm in Mazowe is a victory for human rights and justice, Amnesty International said today.
The provisional order was handed down by the High Court yesterday after armed police indiscriminately and arbitrarily demolished homes and set on fire personal belongings of some 150 families on 7 January 2014.
“The High Court of Zimbabwe has reaffirmed that no one can just wake up and decide to evict people from their place of residence without following the law. The Zimbabwean authorities must now stop these forced evictions and abide by the court order,” said Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International’s researcher for the Southern Africa region.
The families were left in the open after their homes were demolished by the police, with no cover from the elements, in the midst of the rainy season.
“The government should immediately provide emergency shelter for the victims and ensure adequate compensation for their loss and provide a durable solution,” said Simeon Mawanza.