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human rights defenders project - Alert No. 1
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
September 18, 2007
The Rapid Reaction
Unit (RRU) of the National Human Rights Defenders Project remains
on high alert in light of the impending ZCTU
stay away and
the resultant state repression and intimidation that is currently
obtaining. The Zimbabwe Republic Police and their intelligence counterparts
have mounted pre-emptive strikes meant to paralyse and disorient
the ZCTU ahead of the planned stay away by targeting their organizers
and office bearers in various provinces.
Below are the incidences
reported so far:-
In Gweru one Isaac Teveteve,
the Gweru Branch Secretary of the ZCTU, has been picked up by the
police and detained today, 18 September 2007. ZLHR has deployed
Mr Garikayi to handle the matter. We have been informed that the
police have denied him access to his client. ZLHR is currently pursuing
efforts to secure his release.
In Bulawayo today two ZCTU secretariat members, Mr Reason Ngwenya
and Mr Ambrose Sibindi, were also picked up whilst one Mcijo is
still being pursued by the police and intelligence operatives. ZLHR
has since deployed a lawyer to attend to this case.
In a related
operation today early in the morning Women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) member, Magodonga Mahlangu, was picked
up by the police. The RRU has deployed its member, Mr Kossam Ncube,
to handle the case.
At least two incidents
of attacks on ZCTU office bearers, including the National Organizer,
have been reported in Harare. At least three individuals were detained
initially in Mbare and have since been moved to Harare Central police
station. Lawyers have not been able to take instructions, but it
is believed that the three were assaulted before being detained.
ZLHR lawyers are in the process of confirming reports and responding
to the distress calls. Further updates will be availed in the next
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