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security agents and police disrupt a Community AIDS Forum in Mabvuku
African Regional Youth Initiative Zimbabwe (ARYIZim)
February 14, 2011
10 February state security agents and police disrupted a Community
AIDS Forum in the high density area of Mabvuku in Harare. The meeting
had been organised by the African Regional Youth Initiative Zimbabwe
(ARYIZim), HIV/AIDS and Law Project of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe
National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+). A local
organiser from ZNNP+, Tsuro Makona, was taken by the police and
detained for most of the day. The reason given by the security agents
for the disruption was that the meeting was being held without clearance.
of the Community AIDS Forums is to engage communities in dialogue
on topical issues around HIV/AIDS with the purpose of obtaining
solutions from within communities. Present at the Mabvuku forum
were people living with HIV, community leaders, youths and adults
and community health workers. The African Regional Youth Initiative
Zimbabwe strongly condemns the actions of the security agents as
it negatively affects work on HIV/AIDS in communities. We call upon
the authorities to work with instead of against organisations in
the fight against AIDS.
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