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Mugabe Allies Accused of Rape During Vote

President Robert Mugabe is seen at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Dec. 11, 2008.
AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
International human rights activists say supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe used rape to terrorize the political opposition during last year's contested elections.

AIDS-Free World, led by former UNAIDS envoy Stephen Lewis, released a 64-page report Thursday that documents 380 rapes it said were committed by over 200 Mugabe loyalists.

Some 70 women told the group how they were raped, kept as sex slaves and forced to watch their daughters being raped because they were linked to the opposition.

The Movement for Democratic Change joined Mugabe in a unity government in February but many fear the coalition will collapse because of a lack of cooperation from Zimbabwe's longtime ruler.

There was no immediate response from Mugabe's party.