Zimbabwe: Petition to drop false charges against political activists
August 14, 2011 -- Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- The following petition is being circulated in Australia. Please feel free to adapt the text for use in your country (e.g. insert details of your local Zimbabwe embassy and your own government's foreign ministry. For more detail on the case, see http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/171. You can download a postcard version to send direct to Zimbabwe HERE.
International solidarity activities in February and March condemning the arrests were an important contribution to having the original charges of "treason" dropped and the comrades released on bail. But the campaign isn't over and the comrades are asking for any solidarity that can be extended to them on or before August 22.
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To: Her Excellency Ms Jacqueline
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Zimbabwe
7 Timbarra Crescent,
Fax: (02) 6290 1680
CC: Minister for Foreign
PO Box 6022, Parliament House,
Canberra 2600, Australia
Fax: (02) 6273 4112
We support the statement by Bongani Masuku, International Relations Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, that the allegations against the detainees are baseless: it is outrageous that people can be charged simply because they attended a meeting to watch video footage that is freely available to the rest of the world via the internet.
We insist that the Zimbabwean government:
- Drop all charges against those arrested on February 19.
- Return all property confiscated during the raid on the meeting.
- Uphold and respect the
Zimbabwean people’s rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly,
which are contained in Articles XII and XIX of the Global Political Agreement
signed by Robert Mugabe on 15 September 2008.
NAME ADDRESS SIGNATURE
fax or post BEFORE AUGUST 22 to the Zimbabwean embassy in Australia (or in your own country).