A renewed wave of repression of freedom of association and peaceful assembly is hitting Zimbabwean human rights defenders, opposition supporters, civil society and trade union activists.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), reported that the situation is worsening day by day. The most recent examples are:
In response to this, the ITUC has sent a letter to the authorities vividly condemning the labelling of the ZTCU as a terrorist organisation.
SOLIDAR joins ITUC’s condemnation and demands the EU to publicly express support to ZCTU recognising it as a legitimate social party, contributing to build a better Zimbabwe and achieve decent work for all.
This would be in line with the EU commitments to support and protect human rights defenders (HRD), contained, among others, in the EU Guidelines on HRDs , the new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy and the European Commission Communication’s “The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe’s engagement with Civil Society in external relations”.
In time of COVID 19, where the pandemic is cynically being used to repress civic space, the EU needs to stand up firmly to protect the respect of freedom of association!