Brisbane Commission forges support link with Zimbabwe
Brisbane's Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission has resolved to give a helping hand to its sister Commission in Zimbabwe following a recent communication.
A media release written on Friday said the Zimbabwe Commission had told its Brisbane counterpart of its "great frustration" in working for justice and human rights in Zimbabwe. It urges the Australian Government to continue its strong opposition to the Zimbabwean Government's abuses of human rights.
The Brisbane Commission's Executive Officer Peter Arndt has been attempting to establish links with the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe for over a year and has now established a line of communication with the Zimbabwean Commission which will enable cooperation and support to be offered from the Brisbane Archdiocese.
In his communication, the Zimbabwean Commission's National Director, Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, expressed frustration in meeting the expectation of many people that the Church would be the agent of liberation from the oppressive practices of the Government of President Robert Mugabe.
"Mr Chaumba said that the Zimbabwean Commission was finding it very difficult to carry out its advocacy and lobbying work," Mr Arndt said.
"He applauded the Australian Government for its strong stance in relation to Zimbabwe and he thanked peace loving people everywhere for their action and prayers," he said.
"The Zimbabwean Commission expressed the hope that more cooperation and support from us in Brisbane would be possible," he added.
Mr Arndt said that he had written to Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, on behalf of the Commission to ask for his assessment of the current situation in Zimbabwe and what the Australian Government was doing to promote change in the African nation.
The Commission would also consider at future meetings how it could give its sister Commission greater support.
Brisbane Commission Maintains Contact with Zimbabwe (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 9/7/04)
Zimbabwean archbishop talks of worsening situation (ABC Radio PM 8/7/04)
S. African government complicit in Zimbabwe abuses, says archbishop (Ecumenical News International 9/7/04)
Nuns at front line of Mugabe violence against white farmers (CathNews 8/6/04)
Zimbabwe: nuns take part in farm seizure (Independent Catholic News 7/6/04)
Zimbabwean church leaders hit out at government (CathNews 29/9/03)
Zimbabwe bishops want youth militia disbanded (17/9/03)
Zimbabwe church leaders meet Mugabe (29/7/03)
Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference
Zimbabwe police detain outspoken Archbishop before peace service (10/6/03)
Cardinal: A time to pray for Zimbabwe (Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales)
Zimbabwe's Prelate of Courage (Washington Dispatch)
Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 9/7/04
12 Jul 2004