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  • CHRA condemns assault of lawyers
    Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
    May 08, 2007

    The Combined Harare Residents' Association (CHRA) is outraged by the barbaric attack on lawyers by the police while protesting outside the High Court against the harassment and illegal detention of renowned human rights defenders, Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni.

    The Association wishes to reiterate its commitment to justice, advocates for equity before the law and vehemently denounces its (the law) selective application.

    The harassment of people who defend us against organised violence and torture is a serious a mockery to the pronouncements that Harare is a democracy. We urge the international community, especially the leadership of the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Community Development Community (SADC) to use their influence on Harare to end targeted harassment and the disregard of the rule of law.

    In that vein we demand:

    • A full investigation of the incident and the production of a report naming those responsible.
    • An immediate end to the harassment of peace loving Zimbabweans crying to have a say in affairs that determine their destiny
    • Return to rule of law without fear or favour.

    To our colleagues we say: Remain resolute in reclaiming our democratic space to ensure that the people of Zimbabwe retain their power.

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