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Rep. Bass Urges Government of Zimbabwe to Investigate Recent Abductions

May 15, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding the alleged assault of three young women by the Zimbabwe police force.

"I am discouraged by the recent apparent detainment and brutal assault of three young women from the opposition party in Zimbabwe. Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova have the right to peacefully protest the government, and should not be subjected to inhumane treatment while exercising their human rights. I implore the government of Zimbabwe to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to justice.  I also urge the government of Zimbabwe to ensure all citizens can exert their views in a safe space.”