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Surveillance on Majongwe deplorable
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 25, 2004

We have received reports of an alleged attempt on the life of Raymond Majongwe, the Secretary-General of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), a trade unionist and active member of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.

Majongwe’s car was trailed by a mysterious light blue Nissan Sunny whilst he was driving in Harare this morning. It is alleged that the car was driving behind him and repeatedly sounding a horn for him to stop. Majongwe did not however heed the calls and continued to proceed.

Although the matter has since been reported to the police, we maintain that the right to life is a constitutionally guaranteed right and that life is sacred and no-one has any right to arbitrarily terminate and stop the life of anyone for whatever reason. The right to life is a universal right as espoused by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also stated in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Although we are aware that in our country there are those who do not share in Majongwe’s political views and his protest music, we need to caution that it is everyone’s right to respect other people’s political views regardless of how divergent such views could be.

We trust that the surveillance on Majongwe allegedly by state security agents ceases forthwith to allow him to exercise his rights of freedom of speech, movement and association. We have witnessed mysterious disappearances of political and civil rights activists before and the latest reports about Majongwe are worrisome.

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