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release on Peace Day
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
July 24, 2009
We are aware of the indaba
that took place at the rainbow towers where the three political
party leaders, president Mugabe, prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai
and deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara addressed the nation
celebrating Zimbabwe's 'new found peace and unity'
As ROHR Zimbabwe we disagree
Government's objective which is to urge people to forgive
and forget the previous human rights crimes while trotting away
from the real need for truth, justice and compensation for victims.
This is obviously ZANU PF's idea because it protects them
from prosecution and the need to be accountable to what their crimes.
We believe that peace
is likely to remain elusive as long as the status quo described
1. Violence against MDC
2. Threats of
violence issued by war veterans and ZANU PF thugs against civil
society organizations that disagree with the use of Kariba
draft as the basis for constitutional reform in Zimbabwe.
3. Continued armament
and mobilization of militia and youths in rural areas.
4. Violent invasion and
disrespect of property rights at farms around the country at the
5. The state controlled
newspapers, television and radio stations continue broadcasting
party propaganda and lies at the expense of the truth.
6. Those who
committed human rights crimes and other atrocities continue to be
protected by the state, while the attorney general relentlessly
harasses victims of state abductions. To this we refer to human
rights activists, journalists, and MDC members abducted
and tortured late 2008 on trumped up charges.
7. As long as
the political parties in the inclusive Government remain mistrustful
of each other and maintain the logjams preventing full implementation
of the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) and subsequently inviting SADC to
solve their problems.
8. As long as the police
enforce the law partially depending on who has committed the crime,
with those belonging to ZANU PF getting favorable treatment than
9. As long as the government
views human rights and democracy as western ideologies those threaten
the Nations unity and sovereignty.
10. The supporters of
ZANU PF idol the use of violence as a trade mark of patriotism and
tools of recognition and heroism within the party structures.
11. As long
as Mugabe and his bigwigs responsible for various human rights crimes
do not publicly admit wrong doing and apologize for the role they
played in the Gukurahundi massacre, Operation
inter-elections violence and the blood
diamonds terror in Chiyadzwa.
ROHR Zimbabwe has planned
a protest march scheduled for Tomorrow Saturday 25 July 2009. People
will be wearing black in protest and also in solidarity with victims
of yesteryear's political violence. We invite everyone to
come and participate in the action.
Visit the ROHR
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