Zimbabwe: Africa stand up for Zimbabwe
We recognise that attempts are being made by Zimbabwean political parties, the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and the United Nations to address the political and economic situation. [...] However, we are deeply concerned about the continuation of torture and other ill-treatment, and harassment and intimidation of political and human rights activists, even since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by political parties on 21 July. [...] We add our voices to the increasing number of civic and political leaders, activists and ordinary citizens in condemning the events in Zimbabwe which have brought untold suffering to its people. [...] The ongoing political violence, suppression of fundamental human rights and the failure of governance which has directly contributed to the impoverishment of the people of Zimbabwe must be addressed now. [...] The present government has brutally suppressed democratic dissent and persecuted political and human rights activists in callous disregard of the rights enshrined in the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.