Yes, that’s right! Amnesty International is asking you to send a Valentine to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. I know you’re disappointed you didn’t know of this romantic date night idea sooner, so you and your sweetie could have written cards to Mugabe together on Valentines Day. Fear not, you and your sweetheart have until February 28 to get your Valentines in to the Amnesty office in Washington, DC.
Delivery in person not necessary, but it will really impress your loved one!
In all seriousness, Amnesty International is asking people to send Valentines that will be sent to President Mugabe in solidarity with human rights defenders like the Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), to show him that love can conquer violence and repression. WOZA members have been repeatedly harassed, intimidated, beaten and jailed by authorities for organizing peaceful demonstrations to protest the worsening social, economic and human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
Details, from the Amnesty website:
Send Valentines to President Mugabe!
It’s fun and easy. You can make your own Valentines or purchase Valentines at the store. Include a short message asking President Mugabe to demonstrate his love and care for the people of Zimbabwe by protecting human rights. There are some suggested phrases below, but feel free to be creative.
Please send your completed Valentines to Amnesty International’s Washington, DC office at the address below by February 28. They will then be compiled and mailed to President Robert Mugabe as well as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United States.
Please send Valentines to:
Individuals at Risk Program
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington DC 20003
- End the Harassment of Human Rights Defenders
- Drop Charges Against WOZA Members, including Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu
- Stop the Torture of Detainees
- Love is the Greater Power
- Protect Human Rights
- Respect Human Rights
- Free Human Rights Defender Jestina Mukoko
- Give All Detainees Access to Lawyers
It’s fun! It’s easy! It’s romantic! Flowers, chocolate and taking President Mugabe out to dinner are optional (and probably not encouraged by Amnesty International).