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Amnesty International Urges Letter Campaign Over Harare Arrests

Amnesty International is urging the international community and the public to send protest letters to the Harare government objecting to the detention and treatment of union leaders, opposition members and others. The human rights organisation says Harare has violated the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.

Amnesty says it is also seriously concerned with what it calls the “illegal” detention of more than 100 members of the activist group Women of Zimbabwe arise who were arrested Monday for protesting rising water fees in Harare, the capital.

Police released the last of the WOZA activists early Friday after their arraignment.

Amnesty International Africa campaigner Simeon Mawanza told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the force of world public opinion can help hold the Harare government accountable for its actions.

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