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The Beijing Olympics ‘One Dream, One Nightmare' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 August 2008 00:00
Media advisory – The Beijing Olympics ‘One Dream, One Nightmare'

Four countries trashed by China are to stage a joint demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy in London on Friday 8 th August to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing ,

Representatives of Burma , Sudan , Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers outside the Embassy in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China .

The demonstration will star t at 10 am and there will be a media presentation at 11 am when the Zimbabwean, Burmese and Sudanese dictators will be seen bowing down to a figure representing China . The realistic masks used were widely shown at the Europe / Africa summit in Lisbon last December.

The link is that all four countries are victims of China 's use of its veto in the UN Security Council to protect human rights abusers.

The demonstration will culminate at 13.08 when the Tibetan flag will be raised, accompanied by the national anthems of the four countries. We will be joined by the Falun Gong who have been protesting in support of freedom outside the Chinese Embassy for many years.

 
ROHR Zimbabwe explores democratic space PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 July 2008 20:17
ROHR Zimbabwe explores democratic space

Our partner organisation in Zimbabwe , Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR), is launching an ongoing arts festival in an effort to counter political violence. It is working with Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights (ZPHR) and their first event will be held in Kadoma on Saturday, 19 th July.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

•  To promote active participation of citizens in the healing process of the nation through promoting tolerance and urging citizens to work as one.

•  To encourage the youth to desist from any kind of sponsored violence.

•  To nurture a culture of peace and one love in the post run off election period.

•  To advocate for the respect, recognition and restoration of human rights as the basis of achieving one love, one people and one nation.

For further details check the ROHR page on the Zimvigil website.

 
Archbishop of York says ‘Restore Zimbabwe ' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2008 20:21

Archbishop of York says ‘Restore Zimbabwe ' – Friday 11 th July 2008

Vigil members took a leading role today in a service at Parliament's own parish church, St Margaret's, next to Westminster Abbey, addressed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The occasion was a service of prayer for the people of Zimbabwe called ‘Restore Zimbabwe'. Chipo Chaya and Luka Phiri of the Vigil management team read a lesson in Shona and Ndebele respectively: “If you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2: 19-24). Chipo also conducted the Zimbabwean choir and Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani led dancing below the altar. Vigil members gave testimony as ‘Voices of Zimbabwe': Walter Semwayo, Arnold Kuwewa, Geraldine Takundwa, Choice Matambanadzo, Jeff Sango and others.

The Archbishop said he hoped the international community would wake up to what was happening in Zimbabwe and he assured the congregation “No tyrant lives forever”. Dr Sentamu threw his support behind the campaign ‘Strangers into Citizens' and said that Zimbabweans in the UK should be allowed to work even if they are not given refugee status because the government accepted they could not be sent home under present conditions. He insisted it was not the thin edge of the wedge but “the right thing for the right people at the right time”.

The church was full to capacity for the service and the congregation afterwards gathered in Parliament Square where they heard Kate Hoey, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Zimbabwe, say she hoped they would soon be back in St. Margaret's to celebrate change in Zimbabwe. About a thousand Zimbabweans and supporters then formed a procession to deliver a petition to the British Government calling for the right to work.

 
Zimbabweans say move World Cup from South Africa PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2008 20:22
The Zimbabwe Vigil, a London-based protest group, has launched a campaign to have the 2010 Football World Cup moved from South Africa because of growing instability in the region. It says FIFA must take action to ensure the safety of teams and their supporters.

The Vigil has been demonstrating outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London every Saturday since 2002 in protest at human rights abuses by the Mugabe regime. It is gathering signatures for a petition to FIFA from the thousands of people passing the Embassy. It says the situation in South Africa will be so bad because of the implosion of Zimbabwe that the World Cup should be moved.

The Vigil is also running a petition calling on European Union governments to suspend aid to governments of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) because they have failed to hold Zimbabwe to account. It wants this money to be used instead to finance refugee camps in countries neighbouring Zimbabwe to provide a refuge for Zimbabweans forced to flee because of hunger, violence and the need for medical attention safe from xenophobic violence.

Vigil Co-ordinator Dumi Tutani said ‘we find it repugnant, for instance, that British taxpayers' money should go to the Malawi government. More than £60 million a year goes to Malawi whose President, Bingu Wa Mutharika, has been given a farm in Zimbabwe and has named a highway after President Mugabe'.

Text of the Petitions

• “ A Petition to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA)

With the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe and the likelihood of unrest spreading to South Africa we call upon FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup from South Africa to a safer venue. By the time the World Cup takes place President Mbeki's support of the Mugabe regime will have made the whole region unsafe because millions more refugees will flee Zimbabwe prompting further xenophobic violence in neighbouring countries. FIFA must ensure that World Cup teams and their supporters are not endangered.”

• “A Petition to European Union Governments

We record our dismay at the failure of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help the desperate people of Zimbabwe at their time of trial. We urge the UK government and the European Union in general to suspend government to government aid to all 14 SADC countries until they abide by their joint commitment to uphold human rights in the region. We suggest that the money should instead be used to feed the star ving in Zimbabwe .”

For further information, contact: Rose Benton (07970 996 003, 07932 193 467), Dumi Tutani (07960 039 775) and Ephraim Tapa (07940 793 090).

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Mourning the Death of Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 June 2008 19:47

Zimbabweans in the UK marked Election Run-off day with anger and anguish. Some 150 people gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy to protest against the death of democracy in Zimbabwe . The centrepiece of the demonstration was a black-draped coffin which was presented to the nearby South African High Commission, containing a petition calling on President Mbeki to stop supporting former President Mugabe. The South Africans would not allow our nominated person to present the petition because he was wearing our Mugabe mask so it was presented instead by his dear wife Grace dressed from top-to-toe in Harrods. The crowd outside the High Commission shouted “Mbeki must go, Mbeki out, out, out” with the encouragement of the well-known South African documentary maker Paul Yule.

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