Freedom for our brothers in Zimbabwe

 

We, as representatives of millions of students around the world, are calling on the Zimbabwean government and judicial system to release Tapiwanashe Isaac Chiriga and Takudzwa Ngadziore, Secretary General and President of the Zimbabwe National Students Union, from prison immediately.

Their arbitrary arrest and imprisonment are the latest attack on students for exercising their right to peacefully protest the Zimbabwean government and state forces’ violent suppression of pro-democracy and anti-corruption youth activists.

Tapiwanashe and Takudzwa were arrested on trumped up charges for standing in solidarity with their fellow imprisoned colleague Makomborero Haruzivishe: in response, we stand in unwavering solidarity with them.

 

Should they not be released during their bail hearing on 3rd March 2021, we remain ready to mobilise our networks to continue applying international pressure and attention until this happens.

 

The Global Student Forum Steering Committee on the 2nd of March 2021