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ROHR offices raided after demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2008 00:00

Report from SW Radio Africa on the protest for justice and democracy in Zimbabwe by our partners, ROHR Rights group offices raided after demonstration - By Lance Gum

The offices of a human rights pressure group were raided by police on Friday, immediately after the group held a demonstration around 11am. About 200 members of Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR) took to the streets of Harare marking what they called a campaign for democracy and justice in Zimbabwe. The demonstration itself was without incident as the police were taken by surprise and only deployed after it had ended. According to ROHR Information Director Edgar Chikuvire, riot police patrolled the Harare city centre before some of the officers raided their Alexandra Park offices, looking for the leaders who organized the march. Chikuvire spoke to Newsreel while in hiding and says several other members of the group have also gone underground. ROHR feels the power sharing accord signed by the MDC and ZANU PF sets a very bad precedence for human rights in the country because people are being denied the chance to get a government of their own choosing. ‘Our hopes are underpinned in the need for people to embrace and feel passionately for the need to be ruled by a government that will be accountable to them simply because they chose it into power,’ ROHR said in a statement. The group also pointed out that despite the deal being signed the country’s crisis, ‘continued unabated.’ The group further argues that, ‘Zanu-PF is making frantic efforts to retain the power that it lost to Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC during the March 29 election, a situation that is a direct assault on the people's power and constitutional right to choose the leader they want.’ ROHR says it’s campaign will encourage Zimbabweans to demand free and fair elections, whose outcome will reflect the people’s will. ROHR is led by the former MDC Chairman for the UK province, Ephraim Tapa. Several activists run the Zimbabwe office. Last month it sponsored a High Court application by Rodgers Chigwededza, Tinashe Gotora, Jackson Mabota, and Precious Mateyeni, demanding that the central bank scrap cash withdrawal limits. Justice Joseph Musakwa ruled the case was not urgent and had to wait in line like all the other court cases. ROHR slammed the decision saying, ‘in other words we are supposed to join another queue to stop the cash queues.’

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Zimbabwe Vigil in Olympics Protest in London PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 August 2008 00:00
Zimbabwe Vigil in Olympics Protest in London

There was big media attendance at the joint demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing . Television teams from British and foreign news organisations spent four hours with us. They included a team from the SABC and we took the opportunity to explain why the Vigil is calling for FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup from South Africa .

ROHR Zimbabwe explores democratic space PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2008 20:17
ROHR Zimbabwe explores democratic space

Our partner organisation in Zimbabwe , Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR), is launching an ongoing arts festival in an effort to counter political violence. It is working with Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights (ZPHR) and their first event will be held in Kadoma on Saturday, 19 th July.


•  To promote active participation of citizens in the healing process of the nation through promoting tolerance and urging citizens to work as one.

•  To encourage the youth to desist from any kind of sponsored violence.

•  To nurture a culture of peace and one love in the post run off election period.

•  To advocate for the respect, recognition and restoration of human rights as the basis of achieving one love, one people and one nation.

For further details check the ROHR page on the Zimvigil website.

Archbishop of York says ‘Restore Zimbabwe ' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2008 20:21

Archbishop of York says ‘Restore Zimbabwe ' – Friday 11 th July 2008

Vigil members took a leading role today in a service at Parliament's own parish church, St Margaret's, next to Westminster Abbey, addressed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The occasion was a service of prayer for the people of Zimbabwe called ‘Restore Zimbabwe'. Chipo Chaya and Luka Phiri of the Vigil management team read a lesson in Shona and Ndebele respectively: “If you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2: 19-24). Chipo also conducted the Zimbabwean choir and Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani led dancing below the altar. Vigil members gave testimony as ‘Voices of Zimbabwe': Walter Semwayo, Arnold Kuwewa, Geraldine Takundwa, Choice Matambanadzo, Jeff Sango and others.

The Archbishop said he hoped the international community would wake up to what was happening in Zimbabwe and he assured the congregation “No tyrant lives forever”. Dr Sentamu threw his support behind the campaign ‘Strangers into Citizens' and said that Zimbabweans in the UK should be allowed to work even if they are not given refugee status because the government accepted they could not be sent home under present conditions. He insisted it was not the thin edge of the wedge but “the right thing for the right people at the right time”.

The church was full to capacity for the service and the congregation afterwards gathered in Parliament Square where they heard Kate Hoey, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Zimbabwe, say she hoped they would soon be back in St. Margaret's to celebrate change in Zimbabwe. About a thousand Zimbabweans and supporters then formed a procession to deliver a petition to the British Government calling for the right to work.

Mourning the Death of Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 June 2008 19:47

Zimbabweans in the UK marked Election Run-off day with anger and anguish. Some 150 people gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy to protest against the death of democracy in Zimbabwe . The centrepiece of the demonstration was a black-draped coffin which was presented to the nearby South African High Commission, containing a petition calling on President Mbeki to stop supporting former President Mugabe. The South Africans would not allow our nominated person to present the petition because he was wearing our Mugabe mask so it was presented instead by his dear wife Grace dressed from top-to-toe in Harrods. The crowd outside the High Commission shouted “Mbeki must go, Mbeki out, out, out” with the encouragement of the well-known South African documentary maker Paul Yule.

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