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We had a wonderful encounter with Nelson Mandela today PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2008 20:29
We had a wonderful encounter with Nelson Mandela today. Vigil management team member Fungayi Mabhunu joined human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell at Mr Mandela's hotel in London . They were there to alert people who might have pitched up for the planned picket cancelled because of Mr Mandela's welcome comments on the Zimbabwe situation on Wednesday night. Fungayi, speaking in hastily-learned Xhosa, said how pleased he was that Mr Mandela had spoken out about Zimbabwe and asked him to continue speaking out. A surprised Mr Mandela said OK.

The Vigil had planned to picket the concert for Mr Mandela's 90 th birthday in Hyde Park on Friday but in view of his support any message that we will give will be one of gratitude that he has spoken out.

The Vigil choir sang at the annual service in support of Zimbabwean victims of torture at St Paul 's Church, Covent Garden , organised by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. It was very moving to hear the accounts of the suffering of people at home. Flowers were laid at the Embassy after the Service.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday for the mother of all non-elections. We will be joined by members of the MDC UK and expect a large turnout. The highlight of the day will be our protest from 1 – 2 pm outside the South African High Commission. Mugabe and Grace (or people looking like them) will be accompanying a coffin with our petition asking President Mbeki to stop supporting Mugabe. The South African High Commission have agreed to accept the petition which reads: “A petition to President Mbeki of South Africa . Exiled Zimbabweans and supporters urge you to stop supporting Mugabe and allow a peaceful transfer of power from the military regime to the Zimbabwean people. Our blood is at your door.”

Our friends in Belfast also have an event tomorrow. The Bristol Vigil will hold an anti-election demo tomorrow to express their disgust.

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Wednesday, 25 June 2008 20:31

Several Vigil supporters were among about a dozen demonstrators who gathered at Hyde Park on Wednesday evening as Nelson Mandela arrived for a dinner with leaders including Gordon Brown and former President Bill Clinton. They held up a banner saying "Mandela ignores Mugabe's terror. Shame", "Mandela speak out. Support a free Zimbabwe ". They were pleased when Mr Mandela waved at them.

The protest was organised by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who is organising another demonstration tomorrow (Thursday) outside the London hotel in which Mandela is staying.

Message below from Peter about tomorrow's protest.

Mandela protest on Thursday 26 June at 10am


Call on Nelson Mandela to speak out against Mugabe's terror in Zimbabwe . If he spoke out it would have a huge impact in Zimbabwe and on African leaders. Nelson Mandela is in London all this week. He is staying at the Dorchester Hotel.


10am Thursday morning 26 June The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane , London W1. We will meet on the pavement outside the hotel at 10am sharp.

The Dorchester Hotel is in Park Lane between South Street and Deanery Street, just north of the Hilton Hotel (nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner). See this map: http:// www

Some placards will be organised by me, but people can also make and bring their own placards on the theme of: "Mandela, Speak out" and "Mandela – Help save Zimbabwe " Note: Placard slogans should be written in large, thick dark coloured letters on a light or white background (these photograph best).


Stand up and be counted PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008 20:33
Stand up and be counted in Zimbabwe 's hour of need – mailout to supporters

Dear friends

Herewith the press release we have sent out about our activities on Friday. As you would expect there has been a lot of media interest.

You will see that we will be calling on Nelson Mandela to speak out about Zimbabwe . Many people think that a comment from him could help avert the unfolding tragedy.

The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has always supported our cause, is organising two extra events to try to get Mr Mandela to say something. He asks for our support for the following:

•  Wednesday night (25/6) at 6.15pm in Hyde Park as Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton and world leaders arrive for a dinner in honour of Mandela (which he will also attend). This dinner will have guaranteed worldwide media coverage. We will meet at 6pm sharp inside Marble Arch tube station by the ticket office.

•  Thursday morning at 10 am outside the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane , where Mandela is staying. We will meet on the pavement outside the hotel at 10am sharp.

Peter is anxious there should be a good representation of black Zimbabweans. He is organising some placards, but people might like to help by bringing their own on the theme of: "Mandela, Speak out" and "Mandela – Help save Zimbabwe". Note: Placard slogans should be written in large, thick dark coloured letters on a light or white background (these photograph best).

We all know this is a crucial time and the fate of our families hangs in the balance so it's vital we all make an extra effort to be active for Zimbabwe . But please obey police instructions. They have been very supportive of the Vigil.

Zimbabweans Protest at South African High Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2003 00:00
Zimbabweans Protest at South African High Commission

Zimbabwean exiles and human rights supporters from across Britain staged a demonstration outside the South African High Commission from 12 noon to 2 pm on Thursday, 10 July.

The protest coincided with President Bush's tour of Africa during which he had discussions on Zimbabwe with President Mbeki. The demonstrators will present a letter to the High Commission calling on Mr Mbeki to condemn the human rights abuses carried out by Robert Mugabe's illegitimate government.

Pictures here.

Zimbabwe Police Commissioner resigns PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 May 2003 00:00

Zimbabwe Police Commissioner resigns honoury Interpol title

Chihuri resigns Interpol postLYON, France -- Augustine Chihuri, Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, has given up his title as an honorary Vice President of Interpol’s Executive Committee. Mr Chihuri was one of seven former members of the committee named as honorary members after their terms expired in October 2002.

Mr Chihuri informed the Interpol President, Jesus Espigares Mira, and Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in a letter dated May 28, 2003, that he would step aside because of the continuing controversy over the honorary title and to avoid politicising Interpol.

Mr Espigares Mira said that in light of how the matter had become politicised after a Zimbabwean police spokesman’s inaccurate comments to the media, he understood why Mr Chihuri chose to resign.

“Mr Chihuri has done the correct thing,” Mr Espigares Mira said. “The appointment was not meant to endorse the actions of the Zimbabwe Republic Police or Mr Chihuri’s work as Commissioner.”

Secretary General Noble said he very much regretted that in a comment to news media on May 6 a Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesman had suggested Mr Chihuri’s honorary title was an endorsement of the actions of the police in that country.

“That statement was inaccurate,” Mr Noble said. “Mr Chihuri’s honorary title was one of several given by the Interpol Executive Committee to outgoing members and has been a customary way for Interpol to recognise their work on that committee. “The fact that a ZRP spokesman attempted to use Interpol to fight off political criticism has caused Interpol to be unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.”

The General Assembly, Interpol’s supreme governing ody, decided in 1994 that such honorary titles should be conferred on outgoing Executive Committee members for a period of three years.

As an honorary Vice President of the Executive Committee, Mr Chihuri received no special benefits, rights or privileges. He, like all individuals named to such honorary posts, was not permitted or expected to discharge any duties on behalf of Interpol.

Mr Chihuri was first elected to Interpol’s Executive Committee by delegates to the organization’s General Assembly in 1996. In 1999, he was elected by delegates to the General Assembly to serve another three-year term, this time as the Executive Committee’s Vice President for Africa.

Interpol is a democratic and apolitical institution, which allows delegates from its 181 member countries to elect whomever they wish to the Executive Committee.

Interpol was founded in 1923 to enhance police cooperation and is now the largest international police organization in the world. Article 3 of the Interpol constitution forbids it from becoming involved in any activities of a political nature.


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