by Committee of Concerned Citizens on Mercenary Activities
Denver, Colorado, United States
Undated, about March 1980
1 page
Type: Petition
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The petition says the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) have condemned mercenarism as a crime against humanity and as a weapon against peoples struggling for self-determination. Despite the recent black majority election victory in Zimbabwe, significant numbers of American nationals serving as mercenaries are continuing their fortune-hunting and killing in neighboring African States, especially Namibia and South Africa. The petition calls on the House Subcommittee on Africa to convene an investigation of U.S. mercenary activity to determine whether Soldier of Fortune magazine and its associates are aiding and abetting illegal activities. [Note on date: The election in Zimbabwe was held February 27-29, 1980. This petition was apparently reported on in Mercenaries: A Threat to International Security in Southern Africa by Robert Schware, Notes and Documents 5/80, Centre Against Apartheid, United Nations, April 1980.]
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root