Tuesday 17 August 2021

18th August Wednesday Vigil - NOT TODAY!

 Yes we have no bananas! and Yes we have no Wednesday Vigil today!?? 18th August 2021


Because we have the whole weekend to communicate the woes in Zimbabwe and the problems faced by the diaspora on our 5th Annual "Walk for Freedom" From Saturday 21st August at 6:00AM until around 11:00AM Sunday the 22nd August 2021 - after a 65 mile test of endurance!

In the light of the Humanitarian crisis in #Afghanistan [ the Home Office were forcibly removing Afghans up till last week!] we have to question how these repressive regimes [Afghanistan and Zimbabwe] are "assessed" by the Home Office - or is it all JUST POLITICAL POSTURING??

The so-called Zanu PF 'government' in Zimbabwe has not signed up for the Convention Against Torture, The so-called Zanu PF 'government' in Zimbabwe treats young girls as 'chattles' [see ZHRO Blog], and fails to uphold the law for their protection.

At the same time the Home Office in the UK has increased their [baseless] discrimination against those in the Zimbabwean diaspora - with 150 currently in detention!

Just why? What is wrong with our Home Office, why these draconian policies regarding Jamaicans, Zimbabweans, Afghans [we presume this will change any moment now], Nigerians, Ghanians and others of mainly African origin?

ZHRO have organised the "Walk for Freedom" annully since 2017. Prior to that the organising members had been pivotal in the 2016 ROHR Walk from Brighton to The Zimbabwean Embassy [via an over-night camp at Edenbridge - but too many were too stiff to continue]. 

Walk for Freedom
Finishing previous year's Walk for Freedom

So this year 2021 after the trials of State induced [lunatic] "lockdowns" and so-called "social distancing" [failed] measures we will [as in August 2020] set off in the early house from Brighton Pier.

We have real issues with both the UK Government AND the [failed] Zanu PF junta in Zimbabwe. Government 'over-reach' has reached Global proportions for the last 18 months. Its all about CONTROL and domination/fear. The so-called CV1984 'virus' is not even a serious health issue given the facts. Read for yourself -from 2020!!

Status of COVID-19: As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK. There are many diseases which can cause serious illness which are not classified as HCIDs.

Since this date the [propaganda] surrounding CV1984 has become almost a religion! Subsequently the Government appears to have decided that they can convince the public of anything. Thus the Climate hysteria and now all asylum seekers are "criminals" is their latest agenda.

World Governments via the media platforms are now conducting a "war" on what they deem as "MISINFORMATION" - but in reality it is them, that via Government [including WHO, WEF and Others] propaganda measure are the misinformation specialists. Look at the street demonstrations globally against lockdowns, health passports and vaccinations.  These are not random occurances, they are under-reported, but the numbers participating tell a much different story [to the state sponsored - One World Government narrative].

In this global context we are promoting our modest "Walk for Freedom" - Please join us!

Monday 16 August 2021

ZHRO Demands Justice for Memory

ZHRO Demands Justice for Memory 
and an end to State Sanctioned Peadophilia

Zimbabweans from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO) met on Wednesday 11th August 2021 to take part in a peaceful planned protest to fight for amongst other things Justice For Memory, a 14 year old girl who’s rapist is apparently known by the community, but was still at the time of writing, yet to be arrested by the police or condemned by the ZANU PF Executive.
Memory Machaya, died aged 14 whilst in labour.  Rapist not yet arrested.  Its now 3 weeks later

The ZHRO members met outside the Zimbabwean Embassy at 429 the Strand London to protest the continued degradation of Human Rights in Zimbabwe, especially the lack of rights of children and young girls who are dying in labour at the tender age of just 14 years old, after being forced into marriage whilst the Presidents Office and family turn a blind eye to the suffering of the most vulnerable in society.

Following the awarding of the Zimbabwean First Lady with a National Honours medal by her Husband the President on National Heroes Day on the 9th of August 2021, various high ranking ZANU PF members have distanced themselves from the awards ceremony.   The awards were clearly held in the wake of the rape and death in labour of a 14 year old girl.  While unfortunately but typically it seems the President, his whole family, especially his wife and the whole Executive branch are mute and ate  distancing themselves from the awards that they gave on Heroes day and the failed arrest of the paedophile.

Instead of actually pushing for the right of the girl child and young women, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front, (ZANU PF) seems to burying their rotten big heads in sand soiled with bodies of young girls turned into child brides.
ZANU PF Leader ED Mnangagwa at Church that was involved
in the Marriage  and Labour death of Memory

The entire Government seems ignorant to protecting the most vulnerable children and young girls in society.  

The latest news is that the President is distancing himself from the awards ceremony.  It also seems the Presidential Spokes person is also distancing himself from the same awards ceremony.  It seems they are trying to implicate the Cabinet which is obviously compromised of the President and the Presidents spokes person and the entire Government.
Sadly for them, official documents seem to show that the awards seem to be under the direct purview of the President, which means the Presidential spokes person was highly like involved.
This is the same Government that accused an actual sitting MDC Alliance MP Joanna Mamombe and MDC youth Members at the time, Cecilia Chambiri and Netsai Marova of Abducting, Raping and Torturing themselves with such degrading treatment such as sucking their boobies, drinking urine and eating faeces and sticking crude instruments into their genitals and rectums.

Whilst the regime keeps mute, they are actually endorsing paedophilia.  Sadly the usual ZANU PF commentators such as  Dr Masimba Mavaza and ZANU PF U.K. seem to be supporting their leaders in Harare.

Also sadly, the Home Secretary and the U.K. Embassy in Zimbabwe also seem to be muted.

What also seems to be happening is that, the likes of Madam Boss, are refusing to protest against child abuse and the whole of the ZANU PF machinery is completely perplexed and crippled and at odds with its self on how to condemn paedophilia and child abuse within its own ranks, yet trying desperately using the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to paint everyone else who is liable for deportation as failed asylum seekers with the same brush.
ZHRO says everyone in Zimbabwe should have their full human rights respected, regardless how low in society and how likes of Passion Java and Madam Boss perceive them to be.

ZHRO would like to thank all those who attended the Wednesday Vigil Protest.

The Chimurenga war was not fought for just ZANU PF.  It was fought for every Zimbabwean.  The President and First Lady maybe need to be sent to school to learn what Human Rights are, given their track record or lack thereof when it comes to Protecting the Rights of All Zimbabweans.

The next Vigil Protest will be outside the Zimbabwean Embassy and will be announced through official ZHRO platforms. All are welcome.

As per the register those who attended the ZHRO Vigil on the 11th of August 2021 were John Burke, Rashiwe Bayisayi, Phillip Mahlahla, Bridget Mupotsa, Marlene Mtandagai, Violet Makomo, Mary Muteyerwa, Kudzai Chikowore, Tapiwa Muskwe, Emmaculate Tshuma. And researcher from Edinburgh University Natasha Dyer.

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The next Wednesday Vigil protest will be announced on ZHRO official platforms.  ZHRO would like to encourage all its members to keep in touch through social media and to attend the 110km walk.

Please see the links below.

To find out more or to join ZHRO please do not hesitate to call
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Friday 6 August 2021

Appeal for direct funds to support Legal Actions

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Legal Challenge to Stop Mass Deportations by the Home Office

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Home Office Policy Change is Apparent

It has come to our attention that since the week commencing 5th July 2021, the UK Home Office "Enforcement Unit" has been detaining large numbers of Zimbabweans for the purpose of deporting [for those with a criminal conviction] or forcibly removing [those within the asylum system] on [expensive] chartered flights the first of which departed on Wednesday 21st July 2021. Those being "targeted" are mainly those without leave to remain and / or have no 'live' leave-to-remain applications filed with the Home Office. The Home Office are claiming that most are "hardened criminals" - but this is a gross distortion of the facts - simply pandering to bigotry.

It is our considered view that many of the deportees face imminent danger if they are forcibly returned to Zimbabwe.

The first flight left Stansted Airport at 11:30 pm on Wednesday the 21st July 2021 with merely 14 deportees on-board an Airbus A380. Many potential forced-removals being removed from the flight due to Legal interventions appertaining to individual cases. Those that did go, were not "activists"

The problem we have with the Home Office is that this "TARGET DRIVEN" policy is indiscriminate and fails to offer any real protection for those who have fled Zimbabwe due to persecution from the ruling Zanu PF Party.

We are in need of funding a 'class action' [or such-like] against the Home Office policy in the High Court [or Higher], to prevent such discriminatory actions upon the Zimbabwean diaspora. Cases are not being assessed on merit, and the Asylum Process itself is too convoluted, complex and expensive for those who have fled persecution.

The same 'heavy-handed' approach is being applied to other Nationalities such as the Jamaicans, Vietnamese amongst others. However we are focussing on the Zimbabwean diaspora only.

In Zimbabwe Corruption is institutionalised

11th July 2021

Tendai Biti [opposition Vice President] had described the IMF as “a na├»ve and dishonest institution” after it published a report forecasting a 7% growth in Zimbabwe’s economy.

Zimbabwe has been robbed of US$24.6 billion of public funds between 2015 and 2019, former finance minister Tendai Biti said. He also said that Zimbabwe is also losing US$3.6 billion through Gold and Cigarette smuggling annually.

Between 2009 and 2014, US$15 billion worth of diamonds were plundered. The total figure of US$43.2 billion of looted public funds and plundered natural resources is enough to run Zimbabwe hospitals for 900 years.

Zimbabwe on the Ground – a very dangerous Place

10th July 2021


HUMAN rights organisations have reported President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) for overseeing worsening gross human rights violations in the country.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Southern African, and the Human Rights Defenders Network have dispatched a letter to UN special rapporteurs and their AU partners.

In their petition, the rights groups raise a red flag over a “disturbing trend in Zimbabwe of weaponising the criminal justice system”.

They also accuse Mnangagwa’s administration, which came into power in November 2017 following a military coup that removed strongman Robert Mugabe from office, of abusing the courts to punish dissenting individuals who are mostly opposition politicians, activists, and journalists.

6th July 2021

Global Women Against Deportation -Criticises Home Office Policy Change as “discriminatory”


Global Women Against Deportations' Cristel Amiss argues the plans will further penalise an already persecuted group of people.

5th July 2021


Citizens in Action Southern Africa (CAISA) is deeply concerned about the deteriorating state of human rights in parts of the region in recent weeks. Of special concern are the situations prevailing in Republic of South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Eswatini. These four countries are facing three unique situations which however have a common thread of human rights violations passing through them.

CAISA is also worried about the closure of operating space for civil society in Zimbabwe where authorities are making illegal demands regarding the operations of NGOs and civil society organisations. We call on the Government of Zimbabwe to respect and uphold Constitutionally guaranteed rights to assembly and freedom of expression which form the bedrock of civil society work.


The US Embassy in Zimbabwe had this to say

“Despite incremental improvements from past elections, domestic and international observers noted serious concerns and called for further reforms necessary to meet regional and international standards for democratic elections. Numerous factors contributed to a flawed overall election process, including: the Zimbabwe Election Commission’s lack of independence; heavily biased state media favoring the ruling party; voter intimidation; unconstitutional influence of tribal leaders; disenfranchisement of alien and diaspora voters; failure to provide a preliminary voters roll in electronic format; politicization of food aid; security services’ excessive use of force; and lack of precision and transparency around the release of election results.”

“Significant human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killings of civilians by security forces; torture and arbitrary detention by security forces; cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; political prisoners or detainees; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; serious government restrictions on free expression, press, and the internet, including violence, threats of violence, or unjustified arrests or prosecutions against journalists, censorship, site blocking, and the existence of criminal libel laws; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association; restrictions on freedom of movement; restrictions on political participation; widespread acts of corruption; lack of investigation of and accountability for violence against women; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting women and girls, and the existence of laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults, although not enforced.”


Amnesty International’s 2020 Report on Zimbabwe

“The authorities used COVID-19 regulations to justify severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. They deployed security forces to abduct, assault and torture perceived critics, and opposition members and leaders. Police and security agents killed at least 10 people. Women were denied access to essential maternal health care, and violence against women and girls was widespread.”

“A joint team comprised of agents of the police, military, the Central Intelligence Organisation, and the Office of the President, known as the “Ferret Team”, terrorized government critics, opposition leaders and activists, and their family members. Many, including several members of the main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance (MDC-A), were abducted from police custody, tortured and dumped far from their homes.”

Please help us raise further awareness and funds for legal actions.

MDC-A (Movement for Democratic Change Alliance) Main Zimbabwe opposition Party with structures based in the UK.

ROHR  (Restoration of Human Rights - Zimbabwe) https://rohr-zimbabwe.org

ZHRO   (Zimbabwe Human Rights Organization) https://zhro.org.uk

ZAPU   (Zimbabwe African Peoples Union) https://zapu.org

MfJ   (Movement for Justice) https://movementforjustice.co.uk

SN4A  (Status Now) http://statusnow4all.org 

QARN   (Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network)  http://qarn.org.uk/



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