Fight The Flight: Stop the Deportation to Zimbabwe

Colourful text on a beige background reads STOP THE FLIGHT with #EndDeportations underneath. At the top are logos of The Racial Justice Network, ZHRO, Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe, Movement for Democratic Change Alliance and ZAPU

We are a working group with members from ZHRO (Zimbabwe Human Rights Group), ROHR (Zimbabwe Restoration of Human Rights), MDC-A (Movement  for Democratic  Change Alliance) and ZAPU along with other Zimbabweans living in the UK and various organisations who have been coordinating efforts to stop the deportation of people back to Zimbabwe.

We have gathered numerous pieces of evidence (see below) of the dire situation in Zimbabwe. Our country is in the grip of several concurrent crises – political violence perpetrated by the ruling Zanu PF party, economic crisis, medical chaos caused by looting of funds and resources and judicial corruption which mainly favours the ruling elite and their looting/land grabbing. 

The Home Office has taken to face value that the Zimbabwe government will help those being deported without providing any real evidence of how this support will be implemented nor the safe guard mechanisms needed to keep people who fled because of political, trade union, religious or other fears. 

We urge the public to take immediate action to stop the flight to Zimbabwe scheduled for 21 July, 2021. 

Graphic of three Black people holding a sign that reads Fight The Flight #StopThePlane. The person in the centre is raising their arms

ACTIONS TO TAKE IMMEDIATELY 

  1. Write to your MP and demand the flight be stopped. Black Activists Rising Against Cuts  (BARAC UK)  have written a template. Link here
  2. Sign the petition launched by BARAC UK but supported by Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Human Rights Organization (ZHRO), Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants), Right To Remain, Voice for Voiceless Immigration Detainees Yorkshire, Actors For Human Rights, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. Link here
  3. Tweet @ the Home Office to say deportations are cruel and inhumane and we say #ENDDEPORTATIONS
  4. Keep sharing on social media and throughout your networks

Written by 

ZHRO- Zimbabwe Human Rights Group

ROHR – Zimbabwe Restoration of Human Rights 

MDC-A -Movement  for Democratic Change Alliance 

ZAPU 

Evidence of human rights violations in Zimbabwe:

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