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Jestina Mukoko receives award

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Recently jailed human rights activist,Jestina Mukoko has been awarded the 2009 Human rights Award for the city of Weimer,Germany, the Federal Republic embassy in Zimbabwe announced Friday.

"The award acknowledges Mukoko's steadfast engagement in fighting human rights abuses in Zimbabwe as chairperson of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP). Since 2000 ZPP has uncovered and documented numerous human rights violations committed by the Zimbabwean authorities," said the press statement from the Germany embassy.

"Jestina Mukoko's recent unlawful abduction and subsequent detention has been widely noted in Germany and vividly condemned by the German government. She will be invited to Weimar to receive the award on 10 December, the International Human Rights Day."

Mukoko together with 18 opposition officials and supporters who are facing charges terrorism ,banditry and trying to forcibly remove President Robert Mugabe from power was abducted and held incommunicado for three months by state agents last year.

Mukoko, whose trial was supposed to have begun at the High court appealed to the Supreme court to challenge her detention ,the supreme court reserved judgement.

Mukoko says her detention was unlawful and has requested charges against her to be dropped forthwith.Weimer city in the 18th and 19 century had been the home of Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, the most famous German poets of the classical period.In 1919, lawmakers gathered in Weimer to draft the constitution of the first German republic, the Federal embassy of Germany said.Zimbabwe government which was then led by President Robert Mugabe has been accused of perpetrating human rights abuses towards and during election time.

Over 100 opposition supporters were killed last year towards the deadly June 27 presidential elections which Mugabe participated alone after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai now Prime Minister pulled out citing violence.

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