Politically Motivated Rape in Zimbabwe
Reaserch and Advocacy Unit
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The alleged abduction and torture of the three young MDC Alliance women on 13 May 2020 includes one very serious issue, politically motivated rape. Whatever the facts that may emerge about the perpetrators, it is clear from all reports that they were tortured and one of the abuses was rape. This is not an exceptional event, but documented over the past two decades, and there is abundant evidence to this effect. It is very important, therefore, to put this recent horror in its correct context.