The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers is deeply concerned with the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a Zimbabwean activist. On Monday, 9th March 2015, Mr Dzamara is reported to have been forced into a white truck by five men and is still unaccounted for.
Mr Dzamara is a pro-democracy activist and the leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square protest group. He is known for having organised peaceful protests in Harare, Zimbabwe including previously submitting a petition to the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe calling for him to resign and allow for new elections to take place.
The Haldane Society calls on the Zimbabwean Government and relevant authorities to investigate his abduction and take appropriate steps to ensure Mr Dzamara is found at the earliest opportunity. The Government of Zimbabwe is reminded of their primary responsibility to protect human rights defenders irrespective of their political positions and is urged to take immediate and appropriate action.
We also express concern about the treatment of protestors who have been calling for Itai Dzamara to be found. The right to freedom of association is a fundamental democratic right and we strongly condemn the deployment of riot police to disperse peaceful protestors.
We support the peaceful solidarity demonstration that will take place this Saturday, 14th March 2015 at Zimbabwe House, London and we urge the Government of Zimbabwe respond to calls for Itai Dzamara to be found.
Details for the demonstration are as follows:
Venue: Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand, London, WCR2 0JR.
Date: Saturday- 14 March 2015