Monday, 26 October 2009


Dear Friends,

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum is deeply concerned at the arrest and detention of two of our civil society colleagues in Zimbabwe from the National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO). Ms Dadirai Chikwengo, the Chair of the NANGO Board and Mr Cephus Zinhumwe, the Chief Executive Officer of NANGO were arrested in Victoria Falls yesterday, 25.10.09 after participating in an NGO Directors' Summer School held in the town. Police charges against the two stemmed apparently from the statement issued by the Directors after the meeting calling for the intervention of SADC and the AU to ensure that the Global Political Agreement is fully implemented. It is alleged that they were arrested under the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA). Further information can be found in the two attached Press Statements issued by NANGO since these arrests took place.

Further to this, we attach here a MISA Zimbabwe Alert issued by our member organisation the Media Institute of Southern Africa which adds that the NANGO members are expected to appear in Court this afternoon

Today, 26.10.09 the 'Friends of Zimbabwe' (also known as 'the Fishmongers Group') comprising the main donors to Zimbabwe, met in Berlin for their bi-annual meeting. Today's meeting was the first time a civil society organisation was invited to address them. Our Co-ordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen who also co-ordinates the Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN) addressed the donors and made recommendations to the meeting on behalf of ZEN. Please find attached the background paper and nine recommendations that were presented to the informal donor meeting today in Berlin. Our Co-ordinator, Tor Olsen, can be contacted in Berlin today on +49 1520 238 4918

On 21.10.09 the Swedish Presidency, on behalf of the Council of the European Union issued a declaration about their concern at the situation in Zimbabwe. The statement expresses concern at the 'insufficient delvelopments with regard to human rights and democracy, unresolved nominationation and appointment issues and continued politically motivated harassement of MDC members'. It encourages SADC and the AU as gauruntors of the GPA to call for the swift implementation of the GPA and the reform agenda. The statement can be read on line via the following web link.

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