Victims of Organized Violence and Torture in Zimbabweans attending Refugee Reception Offices in South Africa: Prevalence & Associated Features.
Survivors of organized violence and torture are a familiar presence amongst refugee populations, and this correlation has been documented in many different settings. Repeated allegations have been made about the occurrence of state-sponsored organized violence and torture by Zimbabwean human rights groups. These allegations have been corroborated by several small studies of Zimbabwean refugees who have sought asylum in South Africa.
The number of Zimbabweans legally and illegally in South Africa is not known and estimates vary between 1,5 and What percentage of these are also victims and survivors of organized violence and tortureis also unknown.
Although Zimbabwean human rights groups have not generated data on the prevalence levels of organized violence and torture, levels of abuse are considered to be high. Since July 2001 the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, (the ”Human Rights Forum”), has documented over 29,000 violations, including nearly 4,000 reports of torture. The Human Rights Forum has also demonstrated that all categories of violations (including organized violence and torture) increase markedly during elections.