#Human Rights
Zimbabwe government

The government of Zimbabwe is giving its impoverished citizens a stark choice: Vote for President Robert Mugabe in the upcoming election — or starve.

Millions rely on food aid in Zimbabwe, but yesterday the regime ordered that foreign aid organizations cease operations. The Zimbabwean government's own food aid programs are now the only source of sustenance for much of the population.

There is solid evidence that in order to receive food aid from the government, Zimbabweans must first show their party registration cards.

If they have a card from Mugabe's ruling party they can have access to food, but if they only have opposition cards they must turn over their national identification cards in order to receive the food they need.

The government holds onto the cards until after the June 27 election — meaning opposition party members will not be able to identify themselves when they go to vote.

We, the undersigned, call on the UN to act now to restore the democratic rights of all Zimbabwean citizens to a free and just election and to demand that the current Zimbabwean government retract their ban on foreign aid immediately.

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The Zimbabwe: Restore Democracy and Foreign Aid petition to Zimbabwe government was written by Stuart Heritage and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.