Target: Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe
Goal: Stop violence against Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), an organization that peacefully protests for human rights and government change in Zimbabwe.
June 2012 marks another month of abuse and violation of human rights toward the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) civic movement, an African women’s group that peacefully protests for civil justice and cultural and economic reforms in the corrupt Zimbabwe government. During a recent WOZA demonstration urging the government to further progress on the draft constitution, nine WOZA supporters were detained and denied food, water and medical treatment for several days. Only two weeks earlier to the arrests, police had beaten women during a sit-in protest. The Zimbabwean government and its police force are responsible for the violent treatment of peaceful WOZA supporters must be held accountable for their actions.
Since its inception in 2003, WOZA has amassed a membership of more than 75,000 Zimbabwean men and women who fight for basic freedoms and resolutions to critical human rights and civil issues facing their society. Despite the peaceful nature of their protests, in the hundreds of demonstrations that WOZA has enacted in over the past decade, Zimbabwe security forces continue to respond with violence and abuse that includes cruelties such as unlawful detainment, abduction, torture, and denying food and medical treatment to arrested WOZA protestors. June’s latest incident proves that the Zimbabwe police force will continue to unlawfully detain and mistreat WOZA protestors.
The Zimbabwean government and its security force must be held accountable for their violence toward WOZA. Your signature on the petition below will send the message to the government of Zimbabwe that the cruel treatment of peaceful WOZA protestors must stop.
Dear President Mugabe,
The brutal treatment of peaceful protestors of the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) group must end. Since 2003, the women and men of WOZA have carried out peaceful demonstrations against civil injustice and have been advocates for positive change in the country of Zimbabwe. However, each time they assemble they are brutally met with violence by your security forces and are abused and detained for their efforts to peacefully improve the daily lives of their fellow citizens.
The increasing violence carried out by your police force and other state security agents against peaceful protestors is a violation of Article 20, Protection of freedom of expression and Article 21, Protection of freedom of assembly and association in Zimbabwe’s Declaration of Rights. As Zimbabwe citizens, members of WOZA deserve the right to peacefully protest for positive change and should not be subject to abuse for peacefully expressing their opinions.
As the President of Zimbabwe you have the power to protect the human rights of WOZA and other similar organizations that advocate for a better Zimbabwe. The failure to act on your part is the failure to successfully lead your country toward a better future. As president, set an example for your people by stopping the government violence toward WOZA protestors and protect them from future harm.
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