The lovely Robert Mugabe.....
Someone needs to kill this guy....
Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president is branded one of the world's "diabolical masterminds of sexual terror" in a report to be released today on rapes of opposition supporters before last year's presidential election.
"Ironically, among the few men who have stopped to analyze the unique, destabilizing power of rape are those who use it as a strategy ... to control civilian populations and maintain power," says the study by Aids-Free World, a New York-based advocacy group.
"Mugabe ... understands gender; he understands rape. He understands impunity."
Titled Electing to Rape, the 65-page report draws on testimony from 70 survivors of an "orchestrated campaign of rape and torture" carried out by youth militia, liberation war veterans and others working for Mr. Mugabe's Zimbabwean African National Unity-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party over five months.
"Striking patterns occurred throughout the testimonies ... and cannot be coincidental," says the report, which will be released in Johannesburg by the group's co-director, Stephen Lewis, the Canadian activist and former politician, and other officials.
Eighteen of the women held positions as officers within the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the main opposition party. Another 47 described themselves as "active" members because they volunteered for its campaigning activities. Thirty of the women also had spouses, parents or other relatives who held significant MDC positions.
"Women ... affiliated with MDC were abducted, beaten and gang-raped ... and they were told exactly why it is happening to them," the report says. "These were not random acts of rape and violence."