AI steps up campaign

As human rights violations continue unabated, international human rights group, Amnesty International, outlined plans to flood the post box of Zimbabwe Republic Police Deputy Commissioner-General Innocent Matibiri, with letters expressing concern at the repeated arbitrary arrest, intimidation, harassment and ill-treatment of Women Of Zimbabwe Arise activists.

AI urged members of the public to support the idea, entitled “Write for Rights, Make a Difference” between December 3 and 17 and write to the senior police official calling on him to respect the right of WOZA and MOZA members to exercise their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Since February 2003 when it was formed, members of the women's rights organization Woza have repeatedly been arrested while taking part in peaceful demonstrations to protest the social, economic and human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

“The treatment of WOZA and MOZA members illustrates the Zimbabwean government’s intolerance of peaceful public demonstrations expressing criticism of government policies. It also highlights the malicious use of the law, particularly the combination of the Public Order and Security Act and the Miscellaneous Offences Act, to allow for arbitrary arrests and detentions and to facilitate a range of other human rights violations by the police,” Amnesty stated this week.

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