Free the Zimbabwea Activists Now!
To: The Minister of Justice, Hon Patrick Chinamasa Republic of Zimbabwe Free the Zimbabwean “Treason” Activists Now! We the undersigned hereby add our voices to the worldwide outcry of protest against the further placement on remand of Zimbabwean citizens for the "crime" of gathering to discuss the February 2011 mass movements in Tunisia and Egypt. We demand the immediate dropping of charges, for the remaining Zimbabwean activists, Antonater Choto, Welcome Zimuto, Eddson Chakuma, Tatenda Mombeyarara, Munyaradzi Gwisai and Hopewell Msavaya Gumbo, now four facing new alternative charges after the state dropped the treason and subversion charges. The dropping of the treason and subversion and subsequent charge shopping is a clear indication of the baseless nature of the accusations in the first place. It is more than six months since they were arrested, detained in remand prison, have been placed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, released and subjected to restrictive bail conditions, with passports held by the courts and having to regularly report to the Law and Order section of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. The legal rights of the 6 are being violated and they have been severely punished before the court has ruled guilt or not. We therefore demand their freedom, by dropping the newly shopped charges in the interest of peace democracy and the true pursuit of human rights agenda.