Harare – Rights group, Amnesty International has called on the Zimbabwean authorities to overturn a court ruling upholding a police ban on demonstrations.
Zimbabwe's High Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on anti-government streets protests in Harare after weeks of demonstrations calling for President Robert Mugabe to step down.
Police in Harare last month ordered a month-long ban on demonstrations in the capital's central business district following a string of anti-government protests.
A coalition of opposition parties had moved to challenge the police order but the case was dismissed by the High Court.
Deputy Director of Amnesty International for southern Africa Muleya Mwananyanda said that the ruling must be struck down as it hindered on people's right of assembly.
"The ruling must be rescinded and the ban lifted as it infringes the fundamental right to freedom of assembly.
"Police must not be given carte blanche to impose a blanket ban on protests which are protected by the country's constitution, and Zimbabwe's international human rights commitments.
"Instead of outlawing peaceful assemblies, the government would do well to ensure the safety of people who choose to peacefully exercise their right to protest," Mwananyanda said in a statement.