Amnesty calls on SADC to deal with Zim human rights abuses
By Amnesty International
Amnesty International’s Zimbabwe research team will be in Johannesburg from Monday 6 June to Saturday 11 June ahead of SADC’s extraordinary session on Zimbabwe.
The team will be lobbying key SADC embassies and diplomats as well as South African officials to ensure they do not backtrack on their unprecedented acknowledgment of serious human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
They will also demand that SADC continue to speak out publicly against ongoing human rights violations in Zimbabwe as they did in the communiqué issued after the March 31 Summit.
Simeon Mawanza – Amnesty International’s Zimbabwe researcher will be available for media interviews and studio appearances in Johannesburg throughout the week.
Among other things, Amnesty International will be calling on SADC to:
• Pressure the Zimbabwean authorities to end arbitrary arrests, harassment and intimidation of human rights activists
• Ensure that Zimbabwe’s airwaves are opened up including by licensing community radio stations to allow a greater flow of information and increased freedom of expression
• End partisan law enforcement and ensure depoliticisation of Zimbabwe’s security forces
• To respond rapidly to ongoing human rights violations that threaten the credibility of the election process
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