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African Commission To Act On Zimbabwe Rights Violations

African Commission To Act On Zimbabwe Rights Violations

Bulawayo, May 07, 2012- The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights 
(ACHPR) has pledged to press the government to respect the rule of law, 
Radio VOP was told.

The development followed submissions by civic society organisations during 
the 51st session of the ACPHR held recently in Gambia over human rights 
violations by the police in Zimbabwe.

Effie Ncube, the director of the Matabeleland Constitutional Reform Agenda 
(MACRA) who attended the ACPHR meeting in Gambia, said the government had 
dismissed human rights violations submissions by the civic groups as 
propaganda and falsehoods.

The government was represented by David Mangota, who is the Permanent 
Secretary in the Justice and Legal Ministry.

“The government was opposed to our suggestions that it was yet to establish 
the rule of law when we cited for example the continued arrest and 
harassment of Zimbabweans in their aspirations for democracy.

“They (government) said all we were saying was a complete lie, fabrication, 
falsehood and coming from the Western driven Agenda as it were.

“Other s stakeholders who attended the ACPHR session were however very much 
aware and cognisant that were telling the truth about Zimbabwe and the 
Commission did commit itself to look into our allegations and to press the 
government for change in respect of the rule of law and the Global Political 
Agreement (GPA),” Ncube told Radio VOP in an interview on Saturday.

The ACHPR  is an intergovernmental organisation seized with several appeals 
about violations of human rights over freedom of expression, torture, 
politically motivated violence, undermining of the judiciary and independent 
national mechanisms and forced evictions under the guise of clean-up 

President Robert Mugabe, his Zanu-PF party and state security organs stand 
accused of widespread human rights abuses.

Mugabe denies the charges and instead accuses the European Union (EU) and 
the West of human rights violations for imposing sanctions on his inner 
circle and some government entities.

The EU and the West imposed targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his top 
military, ruling and business associates in 2002 as punishment for 
perpetuating human rights violations and failure to uphold the rule of law.


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