To: Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe

Free Japhet Moyo

Immediately and unconditionally release those arrested, including ZCTU General Secretary Japhet Moyo.

Why is this important?

Japhet Moyo, General Secretary of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has been arrested.

The trade union leader’s arrest follows the violent repression of protests, which saw police open live-round fire on civilians, resulting in the death of 12 people and the reported imprisonment of over 200.

After opening fire on its own people, the police are now targeting trade unionists with arrests, intimidation and violence. The world is watching, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs to take immediate steps to restore a climate free of violence and fear.

The protests – centred on a three day ‘stay away’ from work called by the ZCTU - were a response to massive price hikes for essential goods and services after the government unilaterally imposed a 150% increase in the cost of fuel.

Read the ITUC’s letter to President Mnangagwa:

Reasons for signing

  • Any State which declares war upon its own people is ultimately sowing the seeds of its own demise.
  • Zimbabwe's trade unions have bravely & consistently stepped up to defend the country's working people over the years, and many have paid a heavy personal price for it. Help #FreeJaphetMoyo and all others in detention now.