Dewa Mavhinga

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Dewa Mavhinga
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DiedDecember 4, 2021(2021-12-04)
South Africa
Cause of deathCOVID-19
  • Lawyer
Known forBeing a Human Rights activist.

Dewa Mavhinga was the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch.


He was a recipient of the British Chevening and Canon Collins Trust scholarship, Dewa held a bachelor of law honours degree (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a master of law degree in international human rights (LLM) for Essex University, United Kingdom.[1]


Dewa Mavhinga had more than ten years of research and advocacy experience in 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.[1]

Testimony before the American Senate

In December of 2017 he was part of the MDC alliance delegation that appeared before a United States Congressional Committee on Foreign Relations in USA to appraise Americans on the situation in Zimbabwe.


On 4 December 2021 news broke out that Dewa Mavhinga succumbed to Covid-19. He died in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was based. His colleagues said he had attended a funeral in Zimbabwe where he was feared to have contracted Covid-19.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 [1], Human Rights Watch, Published: No Date, Retrieved: 14 December 2017
  2. JUST IN: Dewa Mavhinga Has Died, Pindula News, Published: December 4, 2021, Retrieved: December 4, 2021

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