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Zimbabwe Student Group Alleges Some 1,500 Rights Violations In 2006

A Zimbabwean student welfare organization has issued a report saying the Harare government violated the rights of some 1,483 students during 2006.

The Student Solidarity Trust report says state security agencies such as the Central Intelligence Organization, police and campus security guards were mainly responsible for alleged unlawful detentions, death threats, abductions and beatings.

February saw the most alleged violations at 243 cases, while institutions of higher learning in Bulawayo were most affected.

Student Solidarity Trust Program Officer Masimba Nyamanhindi told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the organization expects 2007 to be worse than 2006 because of the elections looming in early 2008.

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