Zimbabwe

Zim blocks UN expert's visit

2009-10-28 15:18

Special Report

Mugabe's senile, says Tsvangirai
Mugabe's senile, says Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has described long time leader Robert Mugabe as "a senile president with a vituperative wife".

Geneva - Zimbabwe has withdrawn an unprecedented invitation to a UN independent expert on torture at the last moment, the United Nations said on Wednesday as a renewed political crisis gripped the country.

The shift came as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ministers drawn from his MDC party boycotted a cabinet meeting led by President Robert Mugabe for the second time.

UN Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment Manfred Nowak was already in South Africa on his way to Zimbabwe for the week-long mission from Wednesday.

He called on the government in Harare to allow the visit to go ahead as planned despite the political turmoil.

"Upon his arrival in Johannesburg, on transit to Harare, the Special Rapporteur was informed that the mission had been postponed by the Government on 26 October 2009," the UN human rights office said in a statement.

UN officials declined to say if new dates had been offered and the statement also said the invitation had been withdrawn or cancelled.

It underlined the urgency of the fact-finding mission, highlighting allegations that MDC supporters had been arrested and intimidated in recent days.

Dialogue on human rights


"The Special Rapporteur therefore calls upon the government of Zimbabwe to receive him in Harare and allow the mission to go ahead as planned," the statement added.

Nowak had announced the invitation to check on conditions in Zimbabwe earlier this month, welcoming it as a sign that the government was willing to open dialogue on human rights and allow "unfettered access" to detention centres.

But Harare suddenly announced that it could not maintain the proposed dates citing a "previously unanticipated consultative process" with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

A SADC team is heading to Harare to help resolve the political crisis.

Nowak welcomed the SADC initiative and all efforts to resolve the political crisis, and offered to be flexible during his mission.

"He fails to be convinced, however, that the Consultative process on Thursday, 29 October should be a valid reason to cancel his eight-day mission at such a late stage," the statement added.

- AFP

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  human rights  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Travel

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is time to explore. Some of you will literally go on holiday while others may need to find other outlets to quench your thirst...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.