Zimbabwe Activist Kidnapped in Mugabe Crackdown

Human rights activist was gathering abuse testimonials
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 5:01 AM CST
Zimbabwe's Lawyers for Human Rights march to Parliament in Harare last week calling for the release of Jestina Mukoko, shown on the banner.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A prominent Zimbabwe activist collecting evidence of human rights violations by President Robert Mugabe's regime has been kidnapped from her home by 15 armed men claiming to be police officers, reports the Guardian. Jestina Mukoko, director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, was the best-known of 20 activists and dissidents to disappear in recent weeks.

She was collecting handwritten testimonials of abuses to be used in future human rights investigations. Mukoko's abduction is the latest sign of a major government crackdown by Mugabe, who fears the UN will demand an International Criminal Court investigation as cholera decimates his nation.