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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.

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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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Freedom Bus PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 February 2003 00:00

A sunny early Spring day and an open-top red London bus, festooned with Zimbabwean flags, banners and posters denouncing murder, torture and rape under the Mugabe regime; it was a heady combination and with the top deck crowded with singers and drummers, it certainly turned many heads as it drove around central London for five hours on Wednesday, 26 February. The occasion was the delivery of a petition calling on the UN Security Council to send a team to investigate human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. The petition was signed by close on 16,000 passers-by who stopped to support the protest vigil outside the Zimbabwe High Commission, held every Saturday from 12.00 to 18.00 since last October. 16,000 signatures may not sound a lot compared to some widely-distributed petitions – but it meant a person signing every twenty seconds or so during the vigils.

About 60 of us – including supporters from Scotland, Bedfordshire, Coventry, Hertfordshire and Southend – set off raucously from the High Commission on our bus tour with much blowing of whistles and banging of drums. First stop was the House of Commons to present a copy of the petition to Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development, who – together with a number of other MPs from both the main parties – had agreed to receive us in the historic lobby of the House, despite an important debate that day on Iraq.

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A Day in Paris PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 February 2003 00:00

 

ZimVigil in ParisSitting in a police holding cell in Paris, I write. 11 of us detained. For peacefully protesting, for calling for the arrest of Mugabe for torture, for trying to make the world aware of our anger at Chirac allowing this banned dictator into France, flouting the EU’s travel ban.

With only a few hours sleep behind us, we had arrived early in Paris and headed to the Ministry of Justice where we joined forces with members of Act Up and the Pink Panthers, gay activists who share our anger at Mugabe’s presence in France. Our protest was broken up by the police who arrived quickly and outnumbered us completely. But not before our chants and shouts had been caught on camera by the international press.

ZimVigil in Paris

From there, we had walked through Paris to the Magistrate’s Court, the French among us warning us not to wave banners while walking for fear of arrest. We were there to serve papers prepared by Peter Tatchell giving grounds for the arrest of Mugabe. Our attempts to protest were foiled by armed police, who, repressively circling, told us to disband. We couldn’t protest, no chanting of slogans, no waving of banners. Peter and Tom Spicer, an 18 year old victim of torture at the hands of the Mugabe regime, served the papers, as no more than two were allowed inside.

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Two exceptional videos PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 January 2003 00:00

 Zimbabwe videoTwo exceptional videos

Two exceptional videos - Zimbabwean film-maker Edwina Spicer has produced two films that poigniantly capture two definitive moments in contemporary Zimbabwean history: the stolen Presidential Election and the recent service for healing held by church leaders at Bulawayo Catholic Cathedral. These videos are available on reciept of £5 for postage and packaging. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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