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African civil society stands up for Zimbabwe
Написал Dmitry Savelau   
Monday, 21 July 2008





African civil society stands up for Zimbabwe

Pan-African Campaign of Solidarity with Zimbabwe


Launch: Saturday 12 July 2008

Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA


On Saturday 12 July 2008, following a call by CIVICUS: World Alliance For Citizen Participation, Amnesty International (AI) and the Global Call for Action Against Poverty (GCAP), citizens of Africa will unite to express their solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe who are suffering persistent violations of their rights. Saturday represents the launch of a Pan-African Campaign of Solidarity with Zimbabwe, and will be followed by events continent-wide.


The Pan-African Campaign of Solidarity with Zimbabwe will be launched at a press conference, kindly hosted by Human Rights Watch (HRW) at their offices in Houghton/Parktown at 12.00pm, midday, with speakers from all coordinating organisations, as well as a representative from South African civil society.

The press conference will be immediately followed by the first mobilisation event of the Campaign, organised by South African civil society. A symbolic ballot will take place outside the Human Rights Watch offices, where concerned citizens from a diversity of organisations and backgrounds will write a note of solidarity with the Zimbabwean people, and place it in a ballot box, highlighting the illegitimacy of the recent May 27 presidential run-off. 


The widespread killings, torture and intimidation of the political opposition that characterised the presidential election run-off on June 27 cannot be condoned under any circumstances. “By flagrantly and consistently violating the values upon which present day Africa is premised, Mr Mugabe has done great disservice to the people of Zimbabwe and the continent. We believe it is the responsibility of all Africans to urgently put a stop to Mr Mugabe’s anti-democratic activities” said Kumi Naidoo Honorary President of CIVICUS.

“The widespread killings, torture and assault of perceived opposition supporters must come to an end in
Zimbabwe. Concrete action is long overdue and African leaders must end their silent acquiescence,” said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.


In this hour of crisis, the people of Africa stand together with the people of Zimbabwe. “We urge African leaders to call for space to be opened up so that civil society can play a role in tackling Zimbabwe’s current crisis – we are needed now more than ever as millions of people face hunger through growing food insecurity brought on by mis-governance.” said Adelaide Sosseh, GCAP Co-chair based in The Gambia.


Saturday’s events will express the concern of people continent-wide for the situation in Zimbabwe, and demonstrate the unity with which Africans stand against the violations committed against Zimbabwe’s people. It represents the beginning of an Africa-wide campaign at the grassroots level, allowing African voices to speak out about injustice in Zimbabwe.


This event is generously hosted by Human Rights Watch, in their South African offices.


Wilds View, 1st Floor

Isle of Houghton

20 Boundary Road

Houghton 2094


(Map attached)




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