UN urges Zim to respect people's rights

HARARE - The United Nations has called on the Zimbabwean government to respect people’s rights, saying the international organisation was “closely monitoring the country’s situation”.

This comes as Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis is deepening, with people taking to the streets demanding President Robert Mugabe’s immediate resignation.

Police have unsuccessfully tried to quash the protests by brutally attacking protestors.

Responding to journalists during a briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, the organisation’s secretary-general Ban Ki Moon’s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric expressed concern over police brutality in Zimbabwe.

“We’re obviously watching the situation in Zimbabwe very closely.  We urge the authorities, the government of Zimbabwe, to ensure that people’s right to peaceful protest and assembly be fully respected,” he said.

“Steph, the Zimbabwe police today (Friday) put down violently a court-sanctioned protest calling for electoral reforms. Part of those petitions are that the UN observe elections in 2018. What are your thoughts on how the police reacted to that, to this protest?” a journalist had asked Dujarric.

Western embassies, among them the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Canada and Australia have condemned the police’s heavy-handed and violent approach in dealing with protestors.

Opposition parties, activists as well as citizens have also petitioned the UN secretary-general and called on the African Union and Sadc to intervene in the escalating Zimbabwean crisis.

One of the activists pushing to the UN, Fransica Mandeya, told our sister paper the Daily News recently that she was doing everything possible to get the Zimbabwean story on the international spotlight and at the forthcoming general assembly in September.

“Our move is to garner support from the international media and to use all avenues on social media to ensure that Ban Ki Moon is personally aware of the petition and pressure keeps mounting,” she said.

There are calls for Sadc to put Zimbabwe on the agenda at the Swaziland summit next week.

The Elders — who include former UN secretary-general Koffi Annan, Desmond Tutu and Graca Machel — have written to Sadc calling on the regional block to intervene in the Zimbabwean crisis and facilitate a smooth transition of power, as the “Mugabe must go” chorus gets louder.

Comments (7)

Thank you UN/ Keep the dictator and his sycophants under your radar and record as many HR violations and perpetrators as possible. We will need this info when we clean up after them. They must never find refuge anywhere on earth when all this is over.

Sagitarr - 28 August 2016

Dictator Mugabe´s season is over. UN will give him the final kick into dustbin of history. Thanks UN ! k

VanaVedu - 29 August 2016

Dictator Mugabe´s season is over. UN will give him the final kick into dustbin of history. Thanks UN ! k

VanaVedu - 29 August 2016

Because Zimbabweans are blacks, suffering in the hands of a fellow African leader the world watches as he brutalize his citizens and condemn from their laurels. However if what is happening in Zimbabwe was in any European country, they would have been a real UN summit, and peace keeping force. Its time the world take note and assist Zimbabweans in their quest fro freedom and democratic space.

amina - 29 August 2016

UN please act, what are you waiting for. Mugabe must go.

olga - 29 August 2016

Africans need to be educated about the deception that is enshrined in the UN Charter. The UN Charter was never meant to benefit/protect Africans but the former imperialists by creating a platform and institutions to continue exploiting Africans and their resources. Most Africans respond to UN issues based on what they read from news papers and news on TV. When you read about the causes and developments of the world wars and link them to the formation of the United Nations, that is when you will find that the UN is a white supremacist institution. "We the people ... Human rights for all ....", only applies to white people, the former slave and colonial masters and never the former African slave. The best person to talk about and champion human rights issues is the oppressed never the oppressor. Get the deception of the UN right!!

ADF - 29 August 2016

ndeye fake UN yenyu iyi yakamirirei vanhu vachitambudzwa itai zvinhu nguva ichipo moda kuti itange yaita hondo mozopindira mugabe ngaazorodzwe akura uye apererwa

masvingo - 30 August 2016

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