Archbishops speak to UN Secretary-General

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Cape Town have expressed their concern to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about a campaign of violence against the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe.

The archbishops said the treatment of Anglicans was a clear violation of Article 18 of the UN Charter on Human Rights, which expressly gives people the right to worship and freedom of thought.

We are concerned to know what the UN Security Council and SADC regional leaders are doing to defend Mothers’ Union meetings at churches and prevent people being torn away from altar rails on the orders of ruling party or state officials, said a joint statement. We plead once more for immediate high level SADC and UN mediation and monitoring to ensure a free and fair presidential run-off, and the protection of its citizens from state-organised violence.

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