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Release Zimbabwean activists: Amnesty

2011-12-09 15:23

Harare - Amnesty International on Friday called for the immediate and unconditional release of three Zimbabwean human rights activists arrested on Monday, describing them as "prisoners of conscience".

Three members of the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ), which promotes freedom of expression and responsible journalism, were awaiting a judgement on their bail application, which was due on Friday, Amnesty said in a statement.

The international human rights watchdog named the three as Fadzai December, Molly Chimhanda, Gilbert Mabusa.

A fourth MMPZ activist, Andrew Moyse, was detained by police for several hours on Tuesday.

Amnesty International's Africa programme director, Erwin van der Borght, said: "The detained activists were arrested solely for their legitimate work advocating for media reforms and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe.

"We consider them to be prisoners of conscience and are calling for their immediate and unconditional release."

Zimbabwe authorities accuse the three of taking part in a gathering without permission and allegedly "distributing material that is likely to provoke a breach of peace", Amnesty said.

Moyse was accused of possessing material on a 1980s government operation in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces in which thousands of people were killed or wounded by the security forces.

The US embassy in Harare protested on Wednesday over the arrests and the harassment of journalists in the southern African country.

In recent weeks, several chief editors and journalists have been briefly arrested, notably for "defamation" in articles about members of President Robert Mugabe's entourage.

Comments
  • Spyker - 2011-12-09 16:40

    South Africa is facing the biggest threat in its entire history. The ANC has openly pledged its unconditional support for Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF (ref link below). The Zanu-PF government is under international sanctions for gross human rights abuses and violations. It is a regime that violently disowned minority groups (white specifically), violent oppression by means of deadly military action against its own people (verbatim as in Libya), it has recklessly- and completely destroyed its economy (to a point where it was the most dysfunctional economy on the planet), etc. Yet the ANC chooses to openly support this blatant national fascist terrorist regime. It makes a mockery of SA's position as mediator in the Zimbabwe "peace" process and one should naturally not be surprised that it is failing. http://www.citypress.co.za/Politics/News/Mantashe-and-Mugabe-at-Zanu-PF-conference-20111209# More disconcerting though, is the fact that China has openly supported Zanu-PF, in the same manner. http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/top-stories/13879-china-pledges-continued-support.html China and the ANC will collude with Mugabe/Zanu-PF to win the 2012 elections in Zim. SA after 2012, will become the hell it was predicted to be, as far back as 1992...

  • Peter - 2011-12-09 19:37

    @Spyker_May...there u go again White-Mamela...Please don't choke yourself.Did u visit your Doctor as i advised before???.

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