human rights first

Linked with Arnold Tsunga – Zimbabwe, with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions ZCTU, and with Appearance of ZCTU human rights defenders in Harare Court.

Mission: Human Rights First is the new name of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. Since 1978, we have worked in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. We support human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protect refugees in flight from persecution and repression; help build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and make sure human rights laws and principles are enforced in the U.S. and abroad. (see on this page).

Arnold Tsunga, a leading human rights defender in Zimbabwe, has received credible threats on his life. This is an escalation in the harassment and persecution to which he has long been subjected. At the same time, he has become the target of a politically motivated prosecution. Human Rights First has worked closely with Mr. Tsunga for many years and fears that now his life and liberty are in grave danger. We ask that you take action to support him.

Human rights defenders like Mr. Tsunga have become lonely voices of dissent in Zimbabwe as independent media outlets have been closed down and opposition political parties are being stifled. As a result, they face severe persecution. In Zimbabwe, where the judiciary lacks independence, the best way we can help protect Mr. Tsunga is to show the Zimbabwean government that the world is aware and watching. Please join Human Rights First in asking that the threats on his life cease and that the charges against him are dropped. (Read all on human rights first).

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