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  • A call for diplomatic intervention
    Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU)
    March 13, 2007

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    Your Excellencies, The Ambassadors stationed in Zimbabwe

    Your Excellencies, the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) urgently calls for your intervention in the deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe.This letter comes against the backdrop of Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer meeting which was scheduled for Sunday, the 11th of March 2007 in Harare. The aftermath of this meeting has seen beatings, shootings, murder, torture and detention of innocent human rights defenders, opposition and civic leaders in Zimbabwe. The current systematic and state sponsored terror has resulted in the untimely death of an activist, Gift Tandare, who was shot dead by a member of the police force. Today at around 4 am, 2 activists, Nickson Magondo and Naison Mashambanhaka , were shot at point blank at the funeral of Tandare in Glen View, Harare.

    Mourners at Tandare's funeral endured tear gas for more than 9 hours after the shootings. Morgan Tsvangirai, the president of the main opposition party , the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and other human rights defenders, political, civic society and student leaders who are still detained at various police stations in Harare were subjected to torture in the hands of government. At around 10 am, ZINASU leaders comprising of President Promise Mkwananzi and Secretary-General, Beloved Chiweshe were arrested at the University of Zimbabwe main campus.

    Your Excellencies, the students' union believes that the solution to the Zimbabwean crisis lies with the Zimbabweans themselves. However, given the prevailing new global order and the fact that human rights norms and practices knows no borders, your indulgence in this matter is of great importance. As a member of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign , the students' union is not only opposed to the rampant and continued human rights abuses in Zimbabwe but wishes to state categorically that the policy of non-interference does not hold in cases of human rights abuses.We call upon the diplomats to dissassociate themselves and strongly condemn the torture of Morgan Tsvangirai, Dr Lovemore Madhuku and other pro-democracy activists.Your Excellencies, we further call upon you to speak against the denial of food, legal and medical attention to detained activists and pressure Mr Mugabe and ZANU P.F to respect the rule of law. An urgent meeting with President Mugabe might be a step forward towards realising a democratic Zimbabwe.

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    For and on Behalf of the students of Zimbabwe

    I remain,

    Washington Katema
    Zimbabwe National Students Union

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