Target: Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Justice
Goal: Commend the government of Zimbabwean for dropping false charges against a well-known human rights activist.
The government of Zimbabwe’s recent acquittal of a human rights activist is encouraging and should be commended. It is a step forward for a country constantly mired in political scandal and oppression. The ruling came after three years of harassment of activist Abel Chikomo, the Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, showing that the police in Zimbabwe continue to abuse their powers in order to hamper the work of activists. However, the acquittal is still a promising step forward for a government that has been routinely under international scrutiny.
Bringing baseless charges against activists is a tool that has been used consistently by the government of Zimbabwe in the past. The new government has done a better job of trying to reign in the power of the police, and preventing them from denying the freedom of speech and assembly to human rights activists. The decision to drop the charges indicates that the judicial branch had little to no evidence implicating Abel Chikomo in the crimes he was accused of committing.
The government must not let the actions of the rogue police squad impact their resolve to fix the corruption of power in Zimbabwe. The government must act in order to end the use of frivolous charges against those who are attempting to bring a sense of order and stability to Zimbabwe. Hopefully, the actions taken by the government to drop charges against Abel Chikomo will lead to similar decisions in the future. Sign this petition to commend the government for promoting justice.
Dear Minister Patrick Chinamasa,
The recent decision by your government to drop charges against activist Abel Chikomo is a promising step towards improving your human rights record. The international community has long scrutinized your government for oppressing the rights of your citizens, but this is a promising step forward. Hopefully this is just one of many future decisions to allow activists to operate freely within your country. Allowing the spread of ideas is good for the growth of the people as well as the government.
Your government must do all that it can to control the abusive actions taken by the police and some members of the judicial branch. Doing so will grow your country’s economy and social landscape. I commend you for supporting the freedoms that the international community says you must provide for your people.
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