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Stand for Justice in Zimbabwe

Note: This is a guest post by Timolene Tibbett of Justice Zimbabwe.

It has been widely reported in the UK press that the British Government is preparing to support the easing of sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabeís allies and henchmen. This will include a lifting of travel bans, unfreezing of bank accounts and potentially allowing corporate entities linked to Mugabe and trading in blood diamonds to trade freely again.

Any such easing of sanctions would also allow UK aid payments to be made directly to the Mugabe Government in Zimbabwe for the first time.

As part of a group of former Zimbabwean farmers, I would consider this a body blow, a gross betrayal and a signal that international law is irrelevant and justice unattainable.

From 2000 to 2002, Robert Mugabe instigated a brutal land reform and intimidation program, designed to shore up his power base and break the back of any political opposition in Zimbabwe. The world looked on in horror.

A direct consequence of Mugabeís land reform was the implementation of EU wide sanctions against the ruling elite in Zimbabwe.

Since then, our group has taken the Zimbabwe Government to court in Paris via the World Bank. In 2009, we won our arbitration case, with all ruling judges voting in our favor Ė including the Zimbabwe Government appointed judge.

We chose to hold Mugabe accountable via legal, peaceful means. Four years later the court ruling is yet to be honored by the Zimbabwe Government.

The Government of Zimbabwe continues to be in breach of international law and obligations. The refusal to settle the World Bank ruling is a signal to the international community, investors and the people of Zimbabwe that the country remains on the wrong track.

The UK Government and EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in response to the terrible events that destroyed the lives of my staff, family and friends. Yet William Hague MP and Baroness Ashton are now planning to abandon the fight for justice with easing sanctions with no requirement on the Zimbabwe Government to honor lost court cases or stand by international obligations.

Please help us fight for the retention of sanctions on the elite in Zimbabwe who orchestrated the land grab. Help us keep the cash proceeds of illegal activities and blood diamond dealing frozen by the UK Government. Help us fight for justice and sign our petition.

 

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5:33AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Sorry care 2, I actually was heard, but I will keep my comments shorter or type faster to make sure all of it gets approved. In this case some got lost, never mind, I did my very best and I am happy that most was approved, thank you. But as a slow typer I will go back to my old method , type on MS word first and paste my comment when I am ready.

5:12AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Got bummed out again as usual on lenghty comments, the best was still coming but I was unable to recover from the bumm out, only half was sent. Maybe I should restrict myself to 30 seconds like most and have no say at all. I am not about points, but I do value my oppinion to be heard, as from now on my voice will disappear, I am sick and tired of spending a lot of time without any result. From now on I will not waste my time, since I am unheard and have a huge backlog of care 2 mail which I would have liked to comment on. I am not a blind person who will paste, "Noted, thank you", and do nothing like most. No matter how contraversial a comments may be, it is an oppinion and can be discussed. As for care2, I understand your problem controlling your forum and I have great respect for the people who work for you and I would not like to leave at this note. Maybe care2 should look at favouring people with constructive comments instead of useless 30 second one liners.

4:07AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

I visited South Rhodesia in the early 1970's, a beautiful country still living close to harmony even during the total boycot imposed by Britain, abandoning their own settlers. Even though I needed a visa on a seperate piece of paper obtained in Mozambique (Laurenco Marque) a Portuguese Colony, I did enjoy that visit so much. My trip started in South Africa during Apartheit contemplaiting wether I should take an offered job from VW in Uitenhage. I did have reservations but reacted to an offer of that company to have a look and see for myself. Since I had worked for that company for some years before at their Australian plant, they offered me a car to explore the region hoping to sign my contract. I travelled SA, Lesoto, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and most of all South Rhodesia. The best moment was in a Motel in S.R., The owner said leave the window open, you will get a surprise. Unbenown to me some branches of a tree were placed near the window inside and outside and in the early morning hours I did get my surprise. A couple of giraffe heads appeared in the window looking for attention. Wow, how good is this. The owner revealed at breakfast that he gave me his room, because the Motel was booked out, he slept in the reception. He protected the Giraffes from the lions and they felt safe at his Motel. At that time it was still a respected country doing well and was self sufficient.
Now it is Mugabe's Zimbabwe. Look at it now, no more self sufficient, European farmers most o

11:03AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Before Mugabe and his croonies destroyed the country with ignorance and corruption, Zimbabwe were able to support the whole continent of Africa with food. These days it can't even support its own citizens. Besides starving the people, ignoring the violence against women, children, LGBT and animals, the leadership have robbed the people and transferred millions of dollars into bank accounts in other countries. They live in luxury; the people starve. They get medical treatments outside the country; the people die in treatable diseases. The list can go on and on. Until Mugabe is gone and the people of Zimbabwe are free, not a penny should be tranferred to that corrupt and criminal leadership. Not a product, may it be fruit or diamonds, should leave the country. Sanctions work if used correctly, without loopholes. UK and other countries should stick to its promises to the Zimbabwean people. Only comfort in all this is that Mugabe won't be around for all eternity. Hopefully, when he disappears, he'd be replaced by people truly dedicated to turn the country around and make it into what it used to be and even better,

7:27PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Thank you for giving us a chance to sign a petition. Done.

9:06AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

At this point our own country doesn't give a shit about us, Where is the gas? The LIPA? I don't give a S--t.

2:41PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Signed & shared on FB.

6:51AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Good work, and the title ..such a noble cause for living!!

3:12PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Whatever the reason for the UK government considering lifting sanctions, the bottom line is that you cannot trust this man, and lifting sanctions should not even be a consideration until he no longer has a voice in the running of the country. He is despicable.

1:17AM PDT on Nov 4, 2012

Noted, thank you.

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