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on the arrest of NANGO Board Chairperson Dadirai Chikwengo and NANGO
CEO Cephas Zinhumwe
Rights NGO Forum
October 26, 2009
Human Rights NGO Forum unreservedly condemns the arrest and detention
of NANGO Board
Chairperson Dadirai Chikwengo and Chief Executive Officer Cephas
Zinhumwe on Sunday, 25 October 2009. The conduct of the police in
Victoria Falls is reminiscent of the repression and clamp down on
Civil Society and political opposition forces that was taking place
before the inception of the Inclusive Government.
and Cephas Zinhumwe are said to have been charged under the notorious
Order and Security Act (POSA) for convening a "political
meeting" without obtaining the requisite police clearance.
The arrests took place after the release of the 2009 NGO Directors'
Summer School Communiqué in which the 120 participating Directors
of Civil Society in Zimbabwe raised concerns about the slow pace
by the Inclusive Government in resolving the crisis in Zimbabwe.
together with numerous hate messages that have been published in
the state-controlled media are symptomatic of a greater plot by
less progressive elements of government to muzzle and frustrate
the work of Civil Society. These developments are a draw back to
members of the Civil Society who are working tirelessly for the
promotion of human rights and justice in Zimbabwe. Furthermore,
the arrests are an affront to the spirit of tolerance brought about
by the Global
The Forum demands the
urgent release of the two and an immediate halt to further persecution
of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe.
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