ROHR ZIMBABWE TURNS FIVE
On 30th August, 2007, the Notarial Deed of Donation and Trust was signed and filed with the Registrar of deeds in Harare Zimbabwe, signalling the birth of Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe.
In the space of five years, ROHR Zimbabwe has grown by leaps and bounds to become a force to reckon with in the human rights front especially in Zimbabwe.
We rolled out programs that saw us make a practical impact on people’s lives and welfare on the ground in Zimbabwe.
As we fought for the rights of every man, woman and child we came across challenges which included the arrests, torture, victimization and persecution of our activists by the ruling elite in Zimbabwe. This happened on numerous occasions, the latest being the ordeal that the Vice Chairperson of The Board of Trustees, Stendrick Zvorwadza had to endure at the hands of the partisan Zimbabwe Republic Police and ZANU PF’s Chipangano in the latter half of 2011 culminating in his acquittal this year, 2012.
ROHR Zimbabwe, together with 29 other NGOs was also illegally banned from operating in Masvingo Province by a ZANU PF Governor of that province, thereby leaving hundreds of thousands of poor people who had all along been benefiting from our welfare programs at the mercy of the ZANU PF regime.
In celebrating our 5th birthday, we also celebrate the selfless dedication of all our members, activists and supporters and the achievements that were only possible through our fearless approach even in the face of brutal repression. We urge all our members and activists to continue the fight for and remain focused on the human rights cause in Zimbabwe and the diaspora.