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Rashid Mahiya

Rashid Mahiya

HRD, Chairperson
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

Rashid Mahiya is a human rights defender and the Chairperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a coalition of 80 civil society organisations working together to bring about democratic change in Zimbabwe. Its membership draws from women’s groups social movements, residents’ associations, labour unions, churches, human rights lawyers, teachers’ groups and health professionals.

Despite numerous challenges, Zimbabwe has an active civil society advocating for a broad range of human rights issues, yet increasing numbers of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are being targeted due to their legitimate human rights work. This has included being subjected to threats, arbitrary detention, abductions and enforced disappearances and the police are able to act with impunity. In particular, human rights defenders tackling issues concerning corruption, public accountability and impunity have been targeted.