Zimbabwe

Homophobic legacy of the Empire Matthew Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:51

Intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and beatings are hideously commonplace for LGBT people in Zimbabwe.

Behind these conditions stands President Robert Mugabe, now in his 34th year as leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF).

Zimbabwe poll rigged? Matthew Wed, 08/07/2013 - 15:22

Robert Mugabe has claimed a landslide victory in elections held in Zimbabwe on 31 July for the presidency and national assembly.

Yet Human Rights Watch reports that many voters were turned away and many duplicates were on the voter roll. A mole inside Mugabe’s Zanu-PF correctly predicted the alleged assassination of one MP and claimed that “disappearing ink” pens had been supplied to polling stations.

Zimbabwe: “Solidarity works” Matthew Wed, 03/28/2012 - 10:01

Six Zimbabwean socialists have just been convicted of “inciting public violence” for organising a meeting about the Egyptian revolution, but to general surprise were given fines and community service instead of prison sentences. Mike Sambo, National Treasurer of the International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe, and the defendant in another trial related to that of the six, spoke to Solidarity.


From the outset it seemed that the state wanted to send the comrades to jail.

Don't let Mugabe jail Zimbabwean socialists! martin Tue, 03/20/2012 - 12:58

Six Zimbabwean activists arrested in February 2011 at a meeting about the Egyptian revolution face up to ten years in prison after being convicted of “inciting public violence”.

They were due to be sentenced today, Tuesday 20 March: they face up to ten years in prison, or a fine of $US2000, or both.

Stop the treason trial: solidarity protest at Zimbabwean embassy martin Mon, 03/05/2012 - 16:57

Members and friends of Workers' Liberty protested outside the Zimbabwean embassy in London on 2 March against the treason trial currently being conducted in Zimbabwe. Seven socialist activists, members of the International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe, could face years in prison if convicted.

Our comrade Janine Booth, who represents London Transport workers on the RMT trade union national executive, handed in a letter of protest to the embassy.

Zimbabwean socialists face jail Matthew Wed, 02/22/2012 - 09:59

The Zimbabwean state is prosecuting a group of socialist, trade union, student and human rights activists (many of them members of the International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe) for treason.

Despite lack of evidence, the magistrate, acting as a tool of Robert Mugabe’s regime, has refused a request to dismiss the case. This means that the comrades may soon face jail. Send solidarity messages to iso.zim@gmail.com

Solidarity protest: Stop the treason trial! Free the Zimbabwean socialists!

7pm, Friday 2 March

Zimbabwe: stop the treason trial! Matthew Wed, 02/15/2012 - 10:15

A group of socialists, trade unionists, student activists and human rights activists are on trial in Zimbabwe for treason.

Many of them are members of the International Socialist Organisation of Zimbabwe. If convicted they face years in prison.

At one point the government was prosecuting 39 individuals, but this has now been reduced to seven (though the charges against the others have not actually been dropped).

The comrades will fin out on 15 February whether the government will proceed with the trial. They need solidarity!

Solidarity with Zimbabweans facing treason trial! AWL Tue, 07/12/2011 - 12:51

(For more information, see here.)

We the undersigned send our solidarity to the comrades of the International Socialist Organisation (Zimbabwe) and other Zimbabwean trade unionists, student activists and human rights activists who face trial for treason on 18 July. Drop all charges and free them now!

Zimbabwean socialists face treason trial, 18 July

Submitted by AWL on 7 July, 2011 - 1:13

From the ISO Zimbabwe:

The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) Zimbabwe wishes to update all progressive cadres, socialists, revolutionaries and democrats who have been in solidarity with us since the unjust February 19th 2011 arrest, detention and torture of ISO comrades, student leaders and human rights activists that the case of State v Munyaradzi Gwisai and 6 Others goes to court on the 18 July 2011. The trial will take place at the Rotten Row magistrates Court Regional Court 18 in Harare, Zimbabwe at 8.30am.

Zimbabwean workers against Mugabe Matthew Wed, 04/06/2011 - 10:10

Mike Sambo of Zimbabwe’s International Socialist Organisation spoke to Solidarity.


Tell us about the recent repression in Zimbabwe.

Recent arrests of ISO comrades as well as officials from different trade unions, show [ruling party] ZANU PF’s desire to send a clear message to the Zimbabwean working class and opposition — do not attempt to emulate North Africa!