International Advocacy

ZimRights also carried out some international advocacy work, with the documentary and exhibition launched on the 2nd of March 2011 at the Council of Churches Enumerical Centre in Geneva, with presentations from the National Chairman Kucaca Phulu and the National Director Mr Okay Machisa. Over forty delegates attended from various government delegations, NGOS, International church organisations, the Zimbabwean community in Geneva and representatives from the Zimbabwean Embassy in Geneva. At least ten diplomatic missions attended including from Switzerland, Swaziland, South Africa and Lybia.

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From left to right: National Chairman, Kucaca Phulu; delegates viewing the pictures; National Director, Okay Machisa

This raised a lot of interest on the situation in Zimbabwe, resulting in more meetings being held and discussions with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-African Desk on what needs to be done. They had various briefings with the South African Mission, the UN Special Procedures partcularly the one on arbitrary detentions to visit Zimbabwe to carry out independent investigations. Interests were raised particularly because Zimbabwe is scheduled for the Universal Periodic Review in October 2011. This was a successful trip as the delegation managed to bring Zimbabwe back on the agenda for most international forums, seeing that the Egyptian and Tunisian crises were almost overshadowing Zimbabwe.

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