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against Peace Days in Harare
Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR)
July 25, 2009
More than 100
people heeded ROHR Zimbabwe's call for a demonstration against
the peace days gazetted
by Robert Mugabe in Harare today which we believe is ZANU PF's
idea to protect them from prosecution and the need to be accountable
to what their crimes. People wore black in protest and also in solidarity
with victims of last year's political violence. The march
began at Nelson Mandela corner 1st street at 9am. The singing group
marched along Nelson Mandela avenue towards parliament where they
confronted the police with riot gear manning the parliament building.
The ROHR Harare vice chairman addressed the gathering in front of
the police, saying that the peace days are of little significance
to the people of Zimbabwe because no concrete steps have been taken
to make them a reality especially since violence is still continuing,
war veterans still empowered to be violent and rule of law still
nonexistent. He mourned the absence true commitment of the part
of politicians to prosecute perpetrators of politically motivated
crimes and stated that victims want justice to prevail and to be
compensated in some form.
ROHR Zimbabwe stands
opposed to the government's hurried process on national healing
which seeks to grant a blanket amnesty to the politicians, state
agents, Zanu PF militia who committed crimes with impunity.
objective to urge people to forgive and forget the previous human
rights crimes does not only elude the real need for truth, justice
and compensation but also it disregards the expectations of people
who bore the brunt of the gross violations.
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