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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
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
Zimbabwe National Students Union
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