are to protest outside of the French embassy in London this week
(Friday 2nd February) to urge the French government to stop representatives
of the Zimbabwean government attending an international summit.
Zimbabwean exiles and human rights campaigners are joining protests
outside French embassies across Europe. They are calling on the
French government to apply a European Union ban on Zimbabwean government
members and prevent them from attending an African summit the French
government is hosting in Cannes next month.
As well as seeking
assurances that Zimbabwean government representatives have not been
invited to attend, the campaigners want the French government to
agree to turn away any member of the Zimbabwean government who arrives
at the conference.
Secretary, Derek Simpson, said: "The French government have
allowed Mugabe to attend this summit in the past and we, and many
thousands of people across Europe who are horrified by the atrocities
being carried out in Zimbabwe, want to urge solidarity and for the
European Unions banned list of people to be upheld.
to send a clear and consistent message to the leaders of the Zimbabwe’s
brutal regime: you are not welcome."
Director of Action for Southern Africa, said: "People should
be under no illusion that state sponsored terrorism is being carried
out in Zimbabwe. People are being starved and tortured by the regime
and it cannot be right that Mugabe, or any other representative
of the Zimbabwe government, should be allowed to sit down with African
and French leaders at an international conference."
the Zimbabwe regime were introduced by the EU in 2002 as a special
measure to restrict Mugabe and his regime leadership from travelling
to and via the EU. It is due for review in February hence the campaign
to ensure that the sanctions are retained and that individual EU
member states do not weaken their commitment.
in Zimbabwe is worsening by the day. The average life expectancy
is just 37 years, unemployment stands at about 90% and with inflation
at over 1200%, the most basic commodities are either unavailable,
or beyond the reach of most ordinary Zimbabweans.