Zimbabwe: End Harassment, Beatings, and Detention; Respect Freedom of Expression for Human Rights Activists

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Target: Zimbabwe Minister of Justice

Goal: Allow members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and other human rights activists in Zimbabwe to exercise their freedom of expression and hard work without fear of harassment, abuse, or imprisonment.

On September 21, 2011 twelve members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) were forcefully removed as they gathered for a peaceful march on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. The group of women uses protest, awareness, and other techniques to communicate to the Zimbabwe government that reform is mandatory. Decision-makers continue to abuse their powers, maintaining an autocratic system of governance that has seen little democratic change despite public opinion. Aware of higher standards of living, WOZA and groups like them want to see leaders think more forwardly, in favor of the people.

So long as Zimbabwe continues to deny the public’s freedom of expression, association, and assembly, it is not a state that honors individual or human rights. A regime that ignores some of the most basic constitutional and internationally accepted rights, is not one anyone should have to live under. Sign this petition; ask the Zimbabwe government to respect the freedom of expression and conscience of those who appeal to you, listen to their requests and aim to make your country a place were all can live free of intimidation and limitation and instead, succeed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Honorable Patrick Chinamasa,

Please command police forces to stop the systematic harassment, beatings, and detention of members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) and other human rights activists. Allow activists to continue their work without fear of harassment, abuse, or imprisonment. Respect the rights of WOZA members and all others to exercise their constitutionally and international guaranteed rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. The absence of these rights in any modern society is a red flag for corruption and abuse.

As a member of the international community, I give a high value to the right to bargain with one’s government and to have a role in shaping it. Give your citizens the opportunity to stand up and be heard without fear. Please listen to what they request of their government, allow their input to be a favor in your decision-making.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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