Saturday, 12 April 2008

Youth organizations call for resolution of Zimbabwean crisis

The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and the World Young Women's Christian Association (WYWCA) have called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to take immediate action to resolve the crisis in Zimbabwe. The SADC is meeting today April 12th in Lusaka, Zambia.

"Mindful of the recent bloodshed in Kenya, the WSCF and the World YWCA urge SADC to facilitate the restoration of the rule of law, and integrity of independent institutions with urgency towards the peaceful resolution of the political crisis."

The statement goes on to make eight clear recommendations for action by the SADC including these:

"1. Support and provide the necessary protection and guarantees that enable the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to announce the Presidential results that demonstrate the correct verdict of the people.

2. Urge the political parties to desist from interfering with the work of ZEC and enable ZEC to immediately announce results of the presidential vote taken on 29 March.
3. Hold accountable all those engaging in acts of political violence."

You can read the full statement here.
You can also read the press release on the letters written on the Zimbabwe crisis by the WCC yesterday here, which call for this "critical situation [to] be addressed as a high priority of the international community until peace, justice and stability again become a reality in Zimbabwe".