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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
on the crisis in Zimbabwe
Southern African Development Community - Council of Non-Governmental
March 20, 2007
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The SADC Council of NGOs is alarmed by increasing
and systematic acts of human rights violation in Zimbabwe. Over
the past few weeks, we have witnessed an escalation and intensification
of torture on leaders of the opposition parties, civil society,
members of parliament and citizens in general. This situation unfolding
before us in Zimbabwe call for immediate and medium term action
to halt the current slide into full-scale humanitarian, social and
political crisis that the SADC region and the African continent
may have to regret for many years to come.
There are clearly guidelines, principles and frameworks
in the SADC protocols that define and tabulate where our region
should be going, how to get there, and what steps are necessary
to be taken to get there. What is happening in Zimbabwe negates
all that the region has worked so hard to achieve in ensuring a
peaceful, democratic and sustainable region. The integration efforts
that the region stands for are being reversed by the actions.
We call on all the citizens of southern Africa to
unite in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe during these difficult
The SADC-CNGO calls on the chairperson of SADC to
consider convening the special summit to deliberate on the ever-increasing
crisis in Zimbabwe to seek lasting solution, and to determine a
defined and agreeable process that will lead to long-term stability.
We believe that the crisis have reached a point
where Zimbabweans need to be persuaded and directly assisted to
find urgent solution to the crisis the affect the entire region.
As a region with the vision and dreams that we have -of a prosperous
and democratic societies, we should be having a demonstrable interest
in finding the solution in Zimbabwe, and act accordingly.
Our continued silence and inaction in the face of
intensifying suffering and destruction in Zimbabwe cannot be of
any value to our vision as a region or individual member-states.
Emmanuel T. Nandolo
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