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US Labor Union Urges President Mnangagwa To Drop Charges Against Masaraure

US Labor Union Urges President Mnangagwa To Drop Charges Against Masaraure

The United States’ largest trade union, the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO), has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to drop charges against Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure.

Masaraure was arrested at Harare Central police station on 14 June in connection with the death of his friend in 2016. AFL-CIO believes that the charges are solely motivated by Masaraure’s legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights.

He was arrested when he visited the police station as part of conditions set for his bail in a case of treason and participating in an unlawful teachers’ protest.

The arrest came a few days after the ARTUZ leader had received an award in Dublin for his contribution to the human rights sector and a few days before planned protests.

In a letter seen by dated June 22, 2022, written by AFL-CIO international director, Catherine Feingold accused Harare of employing “judicial harassment” against human rights defenders. The letter said:

On behalf of the 12,5 million members of the AFL-CIO, the largest union federation in the United States, I write to express our deep concern on the continued violation of worker and human rights in your country, including the detention of Obert Masaraure, the national president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ).

The recent incident is part of a pattern of violations against ARTUZ and its members which started in December 2018 and have continued to escalate.

These incidents come in a context of harassment and detentions committed against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe in reprisal for their work on the right to education in rural areas, labor and other civil rights.

The US labour group added that the “ongoing human rights violations by security agents and recognises them as part of an effort to clamp down on freedoms, specifically against human rights defenders fighting for the right to education in rural areas, labor and other civil rights in Zimbabwe.”

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Gvt 1 month ago

We will drop them after we win next year's elections. For now he and Job need to suffer

Putin 🇷🇺 OG 🐊 1 month ago

hamutonge america moti Zimbabwe hatisi extension yenyu bvisai vese vari Mumba here ikoko, Zimbabwe will never be a colony again, nyika inotongwa nevene vayo 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 hallelujah God bless you all 🐊 ✊.......Siya

Dr Seth 1 month ago

This is wht is called double standards. You maintain tht Zim is a sovereign country therefore can not be told wht to do by another country then why do you change the story when it comes to Ukraine. Ukraine is also a sovereign state but you fools support the invasion

Anonymous 1 month ago

When your neighbour advice you against abusing your child, he is a good neighbour. This is not trying kutonga two countries. Musi waanozokuti handichakweretesani newe munyu kana matches nekuti une tsika yekudzvinyirira kodzero dzevana vako mozoti vashata. Pakugarisana kwedu imi munozviziva kuti munhu haugone zvese you need neighbor carpenter kuti akugadzirire wardrobe, you need neighbour physician kuti akurapire vana, you need neighbour teacher kuti akudzidzisire mwana maths ivo vachikudawo kuti uvarimire chikafu. Same same nenyika dzinodyidzana manje iwe ukaita umbimbindoga hweku abuser mwana arikupfeka hembe yasonwa neumwe, adzidziswa neumwe, agerwa neumwe ma neighbours anorwadziwa nehunhu hwako

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Sanctions Made Simple
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 @ Anonymous

From Russia with Love 1 month ago

Zimbabwe is a sovereignty state........ We don't want Western interference in our country.

Fred 1 month ago

How about Ukraine? Is it not a sovereign state?

Zuze 1 month ago

Saka sei muchichema maSanctions?
Ivo havadi kutamba nemi, saka sei muchida kutamba navo?

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

kazhinji ndoona vachiramba vachizviita 😂 vana US mabhuru ayo vanotyisa worse ka island kenyika kedu aka kungopinda muna na 7am tea time vanenge vakumwa tea kwavo ikoko musisina kana 1 anosimudza chibhakera.

zvinoda vana Putin vanema bhora esimbi 😂 vakati No its a No, uyo anzi ngaabude mwedzi kana viki hazviperi uchanzwa konzi bail out...

muno* 1 month ago


Anonymous 1 month ago

Cde Matemadanda pavakangoburitsa muromo wekuti USA we are ready for a war with you ndopaakabva anzi takupa basa enda unoita ambassador ku Mozambique here or ku Malawi kkkkk akadzingwa zvine munyati vavaona kuti comrade vanotikuvadzisa


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I am one of those people who do not believe that the arrest of Obert Masaraure was genuine. I suspect that he was arrested because of his Human Rights work because he was arrested soon after he had received an award in Dablin for his work in Human Rights. This crime he was arrested for is alleged to have happened some 5 years ago. Where were police witnesses all along ? What stops citizens from thinking that evidence and witnesses have been planted ? Here in his country of honey and milk, Zimbabwe, he is a serious of Human Rights defender for teachers.



Phiri Cardin 1 month ago

Police follow whatever leads they get to solve cases.Ngozi victims have been known to approach the police.
Zanu PF yapinda papi?

Machiavelli 1 month ago

OMG here we go again @Phiri...
We now add Voodoo Justice to
* Voodoo Economics
* Voodoo Politics
* Voodoo Business
* Voodoo.....

Eish, talk of going backwards....
ZANU soooo.....

Phiri Cardin 1 month ago

There was a manifestation in the family of the deceased and the police are simply following on that lead. Mufi amuka ngozi.

. 1 month ago

its not about what Chawabvunza thinks or believes.

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