Harare, 13 August, 2020 / 11:19 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Professionals in Africa have expressed their solidarity with the ongoing #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign against the reported “atrocious and tragic campaign of human rights violations” in the Southern African nation.
In a statement issued under the auspices of the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, Pax Romana Africa–ICMICA, the group of Professionals call on global and regional intergovernmental organizations to hold the Zimbabwean government responsible for the atrocities.
“We in Pax Romana Africa stand in solidarity with the rest of the world and in particular, join our voices with those of the Zimbabwean Lives Matter Movement call upon the Zimbabwean government to end its brutal, dehumanizing, degrading and evil treatment of its own people,” the Professionals say in the August 11 statement obtained by ACI Africa.
The members of the global community of Catholic intellectuals and professionals add in the 5-page statement, “We stand in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe as they seek justice and good governance in their Country.”
The government of Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has come under heavy criticism for perpetrating human rights abuses characterized by forced disappearances, arrests, abductions and torture of the administration’s critics, according to media reports.