Mugabe Gov Silent as US, EU Demand Answers on Dzamara

By JOHN CHIMUNHU

Now Daily

http://www.zimnowmedia.wordpress.com

  • Abducted by Mugabe’s forces and still missing: Itai Dzamara.

The United States, European Union and Switzerland have demanded answers from the government of president Robert Mugabe on the fate of pro-democracy activist and journalist Itai Dzamara who was abducted by suspected state agents on 9 March 2015 and has not been accounted for ever since.

The Mugabe regime typically remained silent on the issue which has cost Harare vital economic aid.

“We again call on Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize the full extent of their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” US embassy spokesman David McGuire said in a statement. “This is not an issue of politics.  This is an issue of basic human rights and rule of law.”

Heads of mission of the EU and Switzerland said they “remain deeply concerned at the lack of progress in this case and call once again on the Zimbabwean authorities to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts and to ensure that justice is served. To express opinion in a non-violent way is a constitutional right for all Zimbabwean citizens, including for Mr Dzamara”.

Dzamara’s brother Patson Dzamara accused the authorities of intimidating people so that they could not assemble at Africa Unity Square, where the activist launched his protests before armed men bundled him into an unmarked truck and sped off with him two years ago.

Below is the full text of the US government statement:

Today, March 9th, marks the second anniversary of the disappearance of Mr. Itai Dzamara, Zimbabwean civil society activist and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square.  On this day two years ago, Dzamara was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since.

The United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing.  The lack of progress in this case raises doubts about the intention of the authorities responsible for the investigation.

We once again call on Zimbabwean authorities to show their commitment to protecting the constitutionally-guaranteed human rights of all Zimbabweans, regardless of political beliefs or affiliation.  We again call on Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize the full extent of their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

This is not an issue of politics.  This is an issue of basic human rights and rule of law.  All citizens of Zimbabwe have the right to life and personal liberty, the right to participate in peaceful political activities, including the right to demonstrate and petition peacefully, and the right to express themselves freely and without repercussion. We stand together with Mr. Dzamara, the Dzamara family and the people of Zimbabwe in demanding resolution in this case and in supporting their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

  • The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of EU Member States present in Harare and the Head of Mission of Switzerland issue the following statement in Zimbabwe:

Today, 9 March 2017, marks two years since the abduction of human rights defender Itai Dzamara. The fate of Mr Dzamara remains unknown and his family continues to fear for his life.

The Heads of Mission of the EU and Switzerland remain deeply concerned at the lack of progress in this case and call once again on the Zimbabwean authorities to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts and to ensure that justice is served. To express opinion in a non-violent way is a constitutional right for all Zimbabwean citizens, including for Mr Dzamara. It is the obligation of the authorities to protect the rights of all its citizens.

 

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