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Condemns arrest of child rights activists
Association of Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe (NANGO)
August 23, 2007
Association of Non Governmental Organizations (NANGO), representing
NGOs operating in Zimbabwe notes with deep concern the arrest of
Betty Makoni, the Director of the Girl
Child Network and two American women. It condemns all unjustified
and targeted attacks on members of the NGO sector genuinely fighting
for the protection and development of the poor, marginalized and
the vulnerable people in Zimbabwe.
On 21 August 2007, fifteen
state security agents bombarded the home of Betty Makoni and arrested
her for allegedly bringing in foreigners (the two American women)
to cover Zimbabwean issues without state accreditation. In fact,
the two women were actually documenting the experiences of Girl
Child Network that enabled the organization to win a World Prize
on Child Rights for Zimbabwe.
The two women were consequently
arrested and detained at Harare Central Police Station together
with Betty Makoni. She was released on 23 August 2007 without charge.
The two American women, who were later released on the same date,
were forced to change their flights and return to America. They
have since left the country.
Such unwarranted arrests
stifle operations of non-governmental organizations. NANGO therefore
calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe to create a conducive environment
for NGOs to operate effectively.
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