Recently we sent out an urgent action alert about Zimbabwe human rights and civil leaders who have been jailed and tortured since their unlawful arrest in December 2008. More than 500 of you responded by emailing Professor Welshman Ncube, Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) and the director of the Zimbabwe Prison Service, and urging their release.
Your action made a difference. Last week, Justina Mukoko and Fidelis Chiramba, both named in our action alert, were freed on bail, along with several other activists.
"It's good to be free," Mukoko told a group of journalists from her bed in a clinic where she is being treated for health troubles. "The cloud that was hanging over me," is gone, she said. (CNN)
The fight is not over. Justin and Fidelis remain hospitalized, and they still face charges of terrorism for their heroic work to undercoverhuman rights abuses by President Mugabe's government. And other human rights activists remain in prison, including Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists Ghandi Mudzingwa and Kisimusi Dhlamini. But your efforts have reunited a mother with her children, and an activist with her freedom, which is amazing.
Your actions have helped secure the release of fellow human rights activists.