ISSUED ON : 4th of AUGUST 2020
SOCIAL JUSTICE MANDATE : NIMNI VISITS THE ZIMBAMBWEAN EMBASSY
RE : ZIMBABWE GOVERNMENT INFRINGES ON INNATE HUMAN RIGHTS
Transparency and good governance are highlighted by the public and/or civil society’s fundamental right to comment on laws and regulations; on the disposition of state funds and revenue, as well as the decisions taken by those who have been elected to serve them.
However, the regime in Zimbabwe has reactivated its authoritarian systems to crush dissenting voices: reports state that Methembe Msipha of Bulawayo was arrested for carrying the national flag in public a day before the protests planned for July 31 as it previously symbolised protest because of the #Thisflag Movement started by Pastor Evan Mawarire. As a result, the community lives in constant and persistent fear of prosecution with many arrests and abductions being made public.
Dissenting voices are not just of ordinary citizens – the media is also subject to this tyrannical rule and the case of 22-year-old media student Tawanda Muchehiwa, who was abducted by the police, is an example. He was assaulted, made to drink his own urine, and found dumped following the intervention of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). Award-winning author Tsitsi Dangarembga and MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere were also arrested and later released after the matter drew global attention.
It is evident that the Zimbabwean regime is hellbent on subverting our civil liberties and constitution through thwarting and prosecuting dissenting voices. #NOTINMYNAME INTERNATIONAL will thus be picketing at the Zimbabwean Embassy on the 7th of August 2020.
ISSUED BY NIMNI COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Mo Senne (Head of Communications)
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