IN A unprecedented move Zimbabwean NGO’s have petitioned the UN against having Zimbabwean police or its security forces deployed for international peacekeeping efforts for “violating fundamental human rights “ in this tumultuous southern African nation.
“A child molester cannot open a day care centre and take care of children , as such Zimbabwean citizens and organisations have petitioned United Nations to recall all ZRP officers on peacekeeping missions in Darfur/Sudan , South Sudan , Liberia , cote Devoir and other countries,” says a statement released by the Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance (ZWIP) in a statement released this evening. (Monday).
The ZWIP together with other organisations, activists, social movements and concerned citizens handed over a petition to the United Nations offices in Zimbabwe, which is addressed to the Secretary General of the United Nations, all members of the UN Security Council, the resident representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNPD) the resident Representative of UNICEF.
There are Zimbabwean police officers deployed to peacekeeping missions in Darfur/Sudan , Sudan/ South Sudan, Liberia, South Sudan, Cote D’ivoire.
“ZWIPA `s position is that ZRP is not the right security entity for peace keeping as the force has been synonymous for violating such fundamental rights,” adds the orgnisation in its statement.
“ZRP is failing to maintain peace in its own backyard, there is no reason for them to be on peacekeeping missions yet they are the perpetrators of violence in Zimbabwe. They are failing to be custodians of the law as they are now the violators of the law”, says ZWIPA founder and national co-ordinator Linda Masarira.
ZWIPA says since May this year, the Zimbabwean state, using the ZRP has launched a fierce onslaught on activists protesting against the same state‘s violations of human rights.
Recently activists, Masarira herself together with Patson Dzamara, Makomborero Haruzivishe, leverage Masvondo and Rangariraishe Nhende were rounded up while seated in Harare gardens and taken to Central police station where the police trumped up charges against them , only to be granted a $100 bail later after being illegally detained for two days.
Recent violence that erupted in Norton where the police always play double standards and support one political entity to the other all sum up to the bias which disqualify Zimbabwean police Officers to be taking part in Peace keeping ,missions.
“ZWIPA notes with concerns the violence unleashed against members of social movements including members of #National Vendors of Zimbabwe, #this flag, #tajamuka and #occupy Africa Unity Square and other citizens,” reads the statement.
“Zimbabwe has been breaching the international standards against violence in particular the international Covenant, Civil and Political Rights Article 7 which makes it that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel inhuman or degrading treatment,” adds the statement.
Meanwhile the UK based news website, newzimbabwe.com quotes Zanu-PF political commissar Savious Kasukwere and Local Government minister telling Norton residents and vendors that if they vote for his party there will not be harassed by municipal police.
There has been political tension in Norton as campaigns for independent candidate Temba Mliswa and Zanu-PF’s Ronald Chideza prepare to face off in a by election on 22 October. – www.zimsinsa.com Patience Rusere