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									Stuur een brief naar
Officer-in-Charge, Machipisa Police Station
PO Box ST 11
Southerton
Harare
Zimbabwe
F +263 4 66 52 78

En een kopie naar
Ambassade van de Republiek Zimbabwe
Z.E. de heer GiftT Punungwe
Josephine Charlotte Square 11
B-1200 Brussel
België
E zimbrussels@skynet.be

(plaats, datum)

Dear Officer-in-Charge, Machipisa Police Station,

Like many others across the world I have watched in horror the reported torture of members
of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and civil society organisations
and excessive use of force by police at Machipisa police station and other police stations that
occurred on 11 March 2007.

Police officers under your command seem to have fallen far short of the standard demanded
in article 1 of Code of Conduct of the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation
Organization (SARPCCO), which states: “in the performance of their duties, police officials
shall respect and protect human rights and maintain and uphold all human rights for all
persons”. To avoid a repetition of these terrible incidents, I urge you to:

      institute an impartial and independent investigation of the killing on 11 March 2007 of
       Gift Tandare, the misuse of lethal force by police against participants at the protest
       meeting on 11 March and against mourners at Gift Tandare's funeral on 13 March,
       and into allegations of torture and ill-treatment of protesters detained at your station.
       The results of such investigations should be made public and alleged perpetrators
       brought to justice.

      ensure that the Police Officers in your station conduct their duties in a manner
       consistent with respect for internationally and regionally recognised standards of
       human rights and policing, without discrimination. Police officers should operate in a
       manner consistent with international human rights law and standards, including the
       SARPCCO Code of Conduct for Police Officials.

These events have further damaged the reputation internationally of Zimbabwe and of the
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in particular. I urge you to do everything in your power to
restore the ZRP’s reputation by reasserting your commitment to international policing
standards.


Yours sincerely,

(naam, adres)

								
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