n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Justice and peace in a new Zimbabwe : transitional justice options

Volume 2008, Issue 164
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



The second round of Zimbabwe's presidential election is scheduled for the end of June 2008. There has been a sharp increase in state sponsored violence since the first round in March (ICG May 2008), coming after almost a decade marked by violence, intimidation and impunity for which the state itself has been primarily responsible. One of the principal issues for any future political transition will be whether - and how - to formally and publicly deal with past systematic and widespread human rights abuses. This is moreover a core political issue now, not simply a collateral legal or moral one to be left until later.

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