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Zimbabwe: NGOs & community groups say state sponsored killings happening at Chiadzwa diamond fields; claim at least 15 confirmed deaths and 256 cases of aggravated assault since July 2017

Author: James Thompson, Sunday Times (South Africa & Zimbabwe), Published on: 12 March 2018

"Zimbabwean civic groups claim Chiadzwa diamond field killings are state sponsored", 1 March 2018

Civic society groups in Zimbabwe claim that state-sponsored violence is taking place at the Chiadzwa diamond fields as the government attempts to keep illegal dealers and panners at bay. The Centre for Natural Resources Governance‚ a research and advocacy civil society organisation‚ said government was behind human rights abuses in the area‚ hence perpetrators were going unpunished. "All the killings in the mining sector are sanctioned by the state‚" Farai Maguwu‚ the organisation's executive director‚ told a media conference in Harare...According to the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust‚ since July 2017 there have been at least 15 confirmed deaths and 256 cases of aggravated assault. The organisation claims some cases go unreported because of fear. In February 2015‚ government stopped private companies Anjin‚ Diamond Mining Company‚ Jinan‚ Mbada Diamonds‚ DTZ Ozgeo‚ Rera‚ Gye-Nyame‚ Kusena and Marange Resources from operating‚ with the intention to have the government-owned Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) take over...

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