Their Foundation seeks justice for victims of torture and abuse;
Works towards the restoration of the rule of law where it has been demolished;
Assists those forced to live in extreme poverty with survival skills.
Brings hope where there is only despair in Zimbabwe
The goal of The Mike Campbell Foundation is:
'To promote and protect the rule of law and to uphold basic human rights that should be fundamental to society.'
Their ultimate vision is the elimination of infringements of human rights in Zimbabwe. Their goal is to also support victims of human rights abuses, in particular displaced and dispossessed farm workers who are in dire straits as a result of gross human rights abuses arising from the program of land seizures. These have devastated Zimbabwe, which formerly had the highest farming productivity in Africa.
Mike Campbell was the Zimbabwean commercial farmer and conservationist who, with his son-in-law, Ben Freeth, took President Robert Mugabe to court over his programme of land seizures, both in Zimbabwe and by appeal to the Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) The SADC Tribunal’s landmark judgement of November 2008 was in his favour and against the Zimbabwean Government.
Mike Campbell’s fight through the courts is told in the award-winning documentary film, "Mugabe and the White African", www.mugabeandthewhiteafrican.com
and the book of the same name, www.lionhudson.com
(UK version) or www.randomstruik.co.za
(South African version).
Mike Campbell and Ben Freeth have worked tirelessly on justice issues for the people of Zimbabwe for the last ten years. Their abduction and torture after the Presidential run-off election in June 2008, carried out by militia acting on behalf of the authorities, resulted in the death of Mike Campbell in April 2011.
Following his death, the Mike Campbell Foundation (MCF) was formed and registered as a charity in the UK, with a Board of Trustees which includes Elize Angula, the dynamic Namibian lawyer who featured in the film.