Help us to stop the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe

Help us to stop the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe

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DENNIS MUNETSI started this petition to Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Zimbabwean Citizens United is a non-partisan group of Swedish citizens with Zimbabwean background petitioning The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe.

In light of human, civil, and political rights violations sanctioned by the Zimbabwean state and its institutions against civilians, we are highly concerned that this protracted situation will continue to spiral beyond control. We cannot let that happen under our watch and this is why we are acting now. Our relatives, friends and fellow citizens are being tortured, raped, abducted, arrested and persecuted for asking the government to improve their living standards. The state has gone as far as labeling its victims as “terrorists and bad apples” undeserving state protections enshrined in the constitution.

Following a chain of speeches by President ED Mnangagwa and some ZANU PF officials in which they sought to blame Western embassies and countries for the suffering of Zimbabweans and instigating political instability for “a regime change agenda”, the President has promised to “flush out” what he termed “terrorists” working for the actualization of this agenda of toppling his regime. We treat these words with utmost contempt they deserve given the track record of the President in the recent few years since ascending to the presidency.

The implications of August 4th press conference may result in mass incarcerations, persecutions and prosecutions of innocent civilians and opposition politicians if we do not act now. As he highlighted in his speech that he intends to flush out despondency, we have witnessed inhumane treatment of Zimbabweans on the streets by the military and police; in the courts by the judiciary, emotionally and psychologically through state media. The use of these state institutions to protect politicians while perpetuating violence against civilians is the primary reason for this petition and it must be stopped.

Firstly, it is our belief, with the limited knowledge we have, that the Swedish state partially supports some Zimbabwean public institutions. We would like to know which Zimbabwean institutions receive aid from the Swedish state, its ministries, subsidiaries or other corporations. We believe that this information will assist our movement in demanding accountability from the actors and parties involved. Secondly, we would like to request your office to facilitate and initiate dialogue between Zimbabwean-Swedes, the Zimbabwean government’s representatives in Sweden and other interested parties on the matters raised above.

We believe that Zimbabweans in Sweden can play a role in shaping a better Zimbabwe, and that it is also in the interest of the Swedish government and its citizens, especially those living and investing in Zimbabwe, that peace, tranquility, conducive democratic and investment conditions prevail. Therefore, your audience in this matter will help the Zimbabwean communities living in diaspora and those at home to extend the arm of the respect of human dignity and the enjoyment of universal human rights as enshrined in your policy documents.

“As ever more democracies around the world are being challenged, Sweden must remain a strong and respected voice for peace, freedom and human rights. Our foreign policy will help, in cooperation with others, to increase security and safety, in our neighborhood and globally. This is how we protect our fundamental democratic rights and our common security throughout the world.” - Ann Linde

There is no room nor time for ambiguity in this matter. Zimbabwean lives are at risk! Therefore, the Zimbabwean Citizens United requests that the Swedish Government responds decisively to our request and assist us in stopping persecutions back home in Zimbabwe.

 

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