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  • Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign

  • African Civil Society statement on Zimbabwe
    March 14, 2007

    We, civil society representatives from seven African nations, condemn the escalating violence and human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

    In November 2006, we visited Zimbabwe and met with civil society representatives, as well as individuals in government and opposition parties. We heard stories of serious violations of human rights, including rape and torture and the struggles of ordinary Zimbabweans to attain a decent standard of living. Our mission stood in solidarity with Zimbabweans, and with the courageous human rights defenders who are challenging the system and demanding respect for and restoration of fundamental human rights, despite ongoing intimidation and arrests.

    Having visited Zimbabwe so recently, where we met with people from all walks of life who are simply trying to live their lives in the harshest of circumstances, we are saddened and outraged by the recent escalation of violence. In particular, we are appalled that peaceful activists have been assaulted, arrested and tortured for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and expression, and that at least one person has been killed by police. Our condolences go to the family of those deceased and our sympathies and best wishes to those who have been incarcerated and assaulted.

    We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political and civil society activists, and for the immediate end to violence against peaceful citizens. In addition, we remind the Zimbabwean government of its human rights commitments and that recent actions violate the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Treaty and its Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation; the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights.

    We call on neighbouring states, especially in the SADC region, to use all opportunities available to them to encourage the maintenance of peace, security and human rights, especially the freedoms of assembly, association and expression in Zimbabwe.

    We also remind our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe that they are not alone and that as fellow Africans we stand with them in their time of suffering and look forward to a time when they again enjoy their hard-won freedoms and liberties.


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    • Luckson Chipare, Namibia
    • Don Deya, Kenya / Tanzania
    • Jeremias Langa, Mozambique
    • Hannah Forster, the Gambia
    • John Kapito, Malawi
    • Fatoumata Toure, Uganda

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