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Dewa Mavhinga

Director, Southern Africa
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Dewa Mavhinga was the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. Dewa had more than ten years research and advocacy experience on Zimbabwe as well as in Southern Africa.  Before joining Human Rights Watch, Dewa worked as the Regional Coordinator for Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition based in Johannesburg. In 2012 Dewa co-founded the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, a public policy research think-tank based in Harare. He is a recipient of the British Chevening and Canon Collins Trust scholarship, Dewa held a Bachelor of law honors degree (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of law degree in international human rights (LLM) for Essex University, United Kingdom.

Dewa passed on December 4, 2021 during a work trip in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is sorely missed by his colleagues at Human Rights Watch and the international community of human rights defenders. A brilliant researcher, advocate, and father, Dewa is survived by his beloved wife and four children.

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