London: Zimbabwe Vigil to mark Human Rights Day

 Many church group groups will be joining the Zimbabwe Vigil tomorrow as it holds a special demonstration to mark UN International Human Rights Day. The event will be run with the regular Vigil which will be held as usual from 2 pm to 6 pm outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London WC2. The UN day is particularly significant to Zimbabweans as the UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, has been visiting Zimbabwe this week to see for himself the tragic consequences of Operation Murambatsvina (Drive Out Trash) under which Mugabe destroyed the homes and livelihoods of the poor in opposition strongholds throughout the country. Mr Egeland said: "Conditions are very bad, the needs are tremendous." He has promised UN assistance but the New York based Human Rights Watch has criticised the United Nations for not standing up to Mugabe. The Vigil welcomes the UN's assistance to the sick and starving in Zimbabwe but demands that the Security Council investigates the massive violations of human rights which has driven up to a quarter of the population out of the country in the last five years. The Vigil, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, takes place every Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 to protest against gross violations of human rights by the current regime in Zimbabwe. The Vigil which started in October 2002 will continue until internationally-monitored, free and fair elections are held in Zimbabwe. For more information see:

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