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Zimbabwe Lawyers Defy Police, March to Protest Arrests Of Defenders

Lawyers belonging to the Law Society of Zimbabwe marched in Harare on Tuesday to express outrage over recent arrests and other forms of intimidation of members of their profession, defying an order by police not to proceed with the scheduled demonstration.

Correspondent Sylvia Manika reported from Zimbabwe for VOA's Studio 7.

Harare, meanwhile, has invited the African Commission for Human and People's Rights to assess conditions in the country under the new unity government.

The invitation was extended during a Commission meeting currently in progress in Banjul, the Gambia, by Zimbabwean Justice Ministry Permanent Secretary David Mangota.

Sources in the Gambia said no date has been set for the visit, but it is expected to take place before African Union heads of state meet in summit in June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The delegation will be led by Commission Chairwoman Sanji Monageng of Botswana.

Attorney Dzimbabwe Chimbga of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that it is important for commission members to see for themselves that rights violations are continuing.

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