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Zimbabwean human rights activist seized on eve of UK demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 January 2009 23:30

Press release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – Monday 12th January 200922.30 pm 


Zimbabwean human rights activist seized on eve of UK demonstration 


Luka Phiri prominent human rights activistA leading Zimbabwean political activist in the UK campaigning for human rights in Zimbabwe has been taken into detention and told he is to be deported on Thursday. Luka Phiri (40) was helping organise a demonstration in London for Tuesday 13th January calling for Zimbabwean failed asylum seekers to be allowed to work in the UK.  



Phiri is on the management team of the Zimbabwe Vigil, which has been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday for the last six years.  He is also a leading member of the Zimbabwe Association, a charity looking after Zimbabwean asylum seekers in the UK


Phiri entered the UK in 2003 on a Malawian passport and it is apparently for this reason that the Home Office wishes to expel him. At present the government is not enforcing deportations to Zimbabwe because of the situation there but feels free to send people back to Malawi.  



Vigil Co-ordinator Rose Benton said “There is no doubt that Luka is a Zimbabwean but the Home Office wants to send him back to Malawi, a firm supporter of Mugabe. Malawi will send him on to Harare where he will face retribution from the Mugabe regime.”   



She said Luka was a high profile campaigner in the UK and would be well-known to the authorities in Harare.  “He has given many outspoken interviews to the media on behalf of the Vigil.” She added that he’d been detained in the UK in 2006 but had been released while his asylum case was considered.  New evidence had been submitted but it appears that this had not been taken into account. 


Mr Phiri’s MP, Mr Stephen Timms (Labour, East Ham), has been asked to intervene with the government. 


1.      The ‘right to work’ demonstration is organised by Citizens for Sanctuary. Protestors are meeting opposite 10 Downing Street at noon on Tuesday 13th January and a delegation will be taking in a petition to the Prime Minister at 12.45.  For more info contact Jonathan Cox, 07919 484 066.
2.      Luka is held at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, Colnbrook Bypass, Harmondsworth, West Drayton UB7 0FX. Phone: 020 8607 5200, Fax: 020 8759 7996. Visiting times: Daily, 1400 - 2100 (last admission 2030)
3.      He is booked to fly to Malawi on Thursday at 7 pm with Kenya Airlines KQ101 from Heathrow.
4.      For more information, contact: Rose Benton 07970 996 003, 07932 193 467.
Mugabe's Cholera Christmas PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008 13:48

Mugabe’s Cholera Christmas


Press Release – 15th December 2008


Zimbabwean exiles are to stage a demonstration outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Saturday 20th December to demand action to oust Mugabe.


The demonstration will feature Father Cholera handing out presents labelled cholera, anthrax, starvation, violence, murder, rape, torture, greed etc, etc.


Dressed in the traditional Santa Claus suit and wearing a Mugabe mask he will deliver his Christmas message: ‘There is no cholera in Zimbabwe!’  


Passers-by will be invited to light candles in front of a Cross in the doorway of the Embassy.


Demonstrators will sing traditional Christmas carols in English, Shona and Ndebele.  


The demonstration is organised by the Zimbabwe Vigil which has been protesting outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, London, every Saturday for more than six years against gross violations of human rights by the current regime in Zimbabwe.  


Event: Mugabe’s Cholera Christmas
Venue: Outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2
Timings: 4 pm – arrival of Father Cholera. 4.30 pm – distribution of presents and carol singing
Photo Opportunities: Father Cholera dressed in Santa Claus outfit and Mugabe mask. Zimbabwean singing, dancing and drumming.
Interview Opportunities: Political activists, torture and rape victims
Further information: Rose Benton (07970 996 003, 07932 193 467), Dumi Tutani (07960 039 775), Ephraim Tapa (07940 793 090), Fungayi Mabhunu (07743 662 046)
Report from ROHR Zimbabwe - 23rd November 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 November 2008 15:00

23 November 2008 – ROHR Zimbabwe Report


The “Demand for Justice and Democracy Campaign” demonstration scheduled for Friday 21 November 2008 in Bulawayo was subdued by heavy presence of police, army and CIOs in the city. The demonstration collided with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) graduation ceremony which Robert Mugabe attended. The heavy presence of the uniformed forces and CIOs made it impossible to demonstrate but ROHR members managed to distribute fliers to the people in the streets. Members of the public however appeared unfazed by this hostile presence as they openly reached out for the informative material and approvingly shouted, ‘victory is for the people’. 


The demonstration is a continuation of the Demand for Democracy and Justice Campaign whose primary aim is to see Zimbabwe hold fresh elections for a new government and a leader of their choice within two years. The campaign also seeks to push for the prosecution of perpetrators of political violence, post March 29 election and before as well as those who are looting the countries’ resources. 

Whilst Zanu PF continues to arrogantly but desperately cling to national security forces i.e. Home affairs, Defence, CIO etc which are its conduits for orchestrating violence against the ordinary citizens, the Zimbabwean crisis is now at desperate and dangerous level. In most towns people are succumbing to Cholera every day, hunger and starvation is nationwide and major hospitals are closed.  Schools and Universities are either closed or failing to open. On the other hand the collapsed economy continues to cause severe suffering on the ordinary Zimbabweans. People can no longer access their cash in banks, can’t afford their daily meals.


ROHR Zimbabwe views the above crisis as a direct consequence of Zanu PF’s failure to govern since independence and the subsequent subversion of people’s democratic right to choose a leader of their own on 29th March. This nonsense must be stopped and every Zimbabwean, churches progressive political parties, civic society and the international community must take action to stop this madness.


The demand for justice and democracy campaign will continue to unpack a series of protests until the people of Zimbabwe are finally allowed the opportunity to exercise their right to vote for a government of their choice in a free, fair and peaceful environment, whose outcome will be undisputed.


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23 Injured, 7 arrested, 4 Abducted as SADC Leaders meet PDF Print E-mail

Harare demonstration broken up as SADC leaders meet – 27th October 2008

Below is a report from our partner organisation, Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHR), who held a demostration in Harare today as the SADC leaders met.

23 Injured, 7 arrested, 4 Abducted after a ROHR Demonstration

23 men and women have been hospitalised and seven arrested after ROHR Zimbabwe demonstrated in Harare today. Four people are missing after having been reportedly abducted by Zanu PF operatives. The four are Moses Mutasa from Hatfield, Tinei Tinarwo from Glen Norah, Mr Ncube from Dzivarasekwa and Adam Muchiriri from Hatfield.

More than 200 ROHR activists participated in demonstrations that brought business to a standstill in Harare today between 1100hrs and 1200hrs. The protesters peacefully marched in the streets heading towards the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), the venue for this week’s SADC meeting that has been attended by SADC Heads of State. The SADC meeting marks yet another attempt by the regional body to push for the long awaited consensus on the current power sharing talks.

The peaceful protest was violently crashed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, a few streets away from the venue, along Robert Mugabe road corner Kaguvi Street. Police in full riot gear fired teargas at the public causing stampedes and confusion in the crowded city. By 1200hrs 7 people had been arrested.

Around 1200hrs our members reported that 1 person was abducted by suspected Zanu PF operatives along Robert Mugabe Road who used an unmarked Zanu PF Nissan double cab truck. The other three people were abducted by youths in a Nissan single cab truck believed to be owned by Elliot Manyika, the Zanu PF political commissar. Eliot Manyika, who was driving the car, instructed the youths to beat up people.

On 10 October 2008 ROHR Zimbabwe launched the Demand for Democracy and Justice Campaign with a landmark protest in Harare. The main thrust of the campaign is to push for early free and fair elections to be held in a peaceful environment in Zimbabwe under United Nations supervision.

Stop bankrolling Mugabe’s friends. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2008 19:19

Zimbabweans in UK tell EU: “Stop bankrolling Mugabe’s friends.”

European Union countries have been urged to suspend government-to-government aid to members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) because of their failure to help the desperate people of Zimbabwe.

On Saturday, 11th October, Glenys Kinnock MEP will attend the Zimbabwe Vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London to accept a petition signed by thousands of people who have passed by the Vigil in the Strand. Mrs Kinnock is Co-President of the African, Caribbean and Pacific / EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and has taken a close interest in the situation in Zimbabwe.

The event marks the 6th anniversary of the Vigil, which has been held outside the Embassy every Saturday since 12th October 20002 in protest against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. It has been described by the Observer as the largest regular demonstration in London.

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