Special meeting to be held on Zim alongside CHOGM meeting

The Royal Commonwealth Society of London is to host a special meeting on Zimbabwe alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), to take place in Kampala, Uganda on 23-25 November.


The special meeting, called ‘Commonwealth Action for Zimbabwe’, takes place on Wednesday November 21 at 12.30pm at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala. The meeting will be held outside the precincts of the Commonwealth meeting due to official disquiet over any discussions on Zimbabwe.

The meeting will bring together top opinion formers from Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, the UK and the Caribbean, including representatives of Commonwealth human rights bodies and Commonwealth observers of the 2002 Zimbabwe elections.

Speakers include senior representatives from a number of Zimbabwean organisations, the Rt Rev Dr Edward Muhima, Bishop of North Kigezi (Uganda), Maja Daruwala, Director of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (India), Kumi Naidu, CIVICUS (South Africa), Patsy Robertson, Chairperson of Commonwealth Association and Stuart Mole, Director-General, Royal Commonwealth Society.

Since Zimbabwe withdrew from Commonwealth membership in 2003 Zimbabwe has not been on the Commonwealth’s agenda. Commonwealth NGO’s however feel that the Commonwealth must remain engaged with Zimbabwe. The NGO’s argue that it is imperative to send a message to Zimbabweans that they are not forgotten, to provide assistance by strengthening local civil society bodies and to bring Zimbabwe back into the Commonwealth fold.

The event is open to all including the media. A press briefing will follow immediately after the event.

Media enquiries from the UK must be directed to:

Eleanor O’Riordan on 020 7766 9236 or [email protected]

Chi Kavindele on 020 7766 9235 or [email protected]

Sign the Commonwealth People’s Charter on Zimbabwe today!

From 23 to 25 November 2007, around 51 head of states will be meeting

in Kampala Uganda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

(CHOGM). Their number includes Gordon Brown of the UK (head of the

former colonial power blamed by Mugabe for the crisis) and Thabo

Mbeki of South Africa (leader of the mediation process), as well as

most of Zimbabwe’s neighbouring states and emerging powers like India

and Nigeria.

We need your help to persuade these world leaders to make a

commitment to engaging with the crisis in Zimbabwe.

Sign the Commonwealth People’s Charter on Zimbabwe by visiting:

www.commonwealth-action-for-zimbabwe.org

<http://www.commonwealth-action-for-zimbabwe.org/>

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