Urgent Action: Journalists and activists threatened in Mozambique

Local journalists and civil society activists have received anonymous death threats and intimidating phone calls and messages since 10 October. This began after their engagement in monitoring polling stations and publishing live municipal election results in Nacala-Porto and Nampula cities, Nampula province, in northern Mozambique.

Please write immediately to the Mozambican authorities in Portuguese, English, or your own language:
◼ Urging them to take immediate measures to end the continuing death threats and intimidation against these journalists and civil society activists and ensure their safety and protection and that of their families, in consultation with them;
◼ Calling on them to conduct thorough, impartial, independent and effective investigations into the death threats and intimidation against them and their families, and bring those suspected to be responsible to justice in trials which meet international standards of fairness;
◼ Calling on them to ensure a safe and enabling environment in which journalists, other media workers, activists and human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.

Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs
Joaquim Veríssimo
Av. Julius Nyerere 33
Maputo, Mozambique
Fax: +258-21-494264
Salutation: Your Excellency

General Public Prosecutor
Beatriz Buchili
Av. Vladimir Lenine, 121
Maputo, Mozambique
Fax: +258 82 3161 920
Salutation: Dear General Public Prosecutor

And copies to:
President of the National Human Rights Commission
Luís Bitone
Av. Fernão de Magalhães, 63
1st floor
Maputo, Mozambique
Email: lbitnahe@gmail.com

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. HIS EXCELLENCY MR FILIPE CHIDUMO, High Commission for the Republic of Mozambique, 21 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6EL tel: 020 7383 3800 Fax 020 7383 3801 email: sectorconsular@mozambiquehc.co.uk www.mozambiquehighcommission.org.uk, Salutation: Your Excellency

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

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