UN human rights chief to visit Zimbabwe

2012-05-05 10:19

Geneva - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will make her first visit to Zimbabwe from 20 t0 25 May, her office said on Friday, accepting an invitation from the Harare government.

During her five-day day visit, Pillay will meet with President Robert Mugabe, the 88-year-old leader widely decried by activists as one of the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses.

Pillay will also meet with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe's justice and foreign affairs ministers, her office said.

In February Human Rights Watch called on world leaders to keep up pressure on Mugabe as activists and government critics in Zimbabwe still suffer arrest and harassment.

The watchdog added that the Mugabe regime has made no effort to give justice to victims of political violence over the last decade.

Pillay will also meet with civil society leaders as well as Zimbabwe's commission on human rights.

Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party have ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

But following failed elections in 2008, he was forced into a power-sharing government with rival Tsvangirai, a move meant to clear the way to new elections.

Despite the unity government, rights activists are frequently arrested or harassed in the course of their work.

  • DJPJVS - 2012-05-05 10:50

    Dear President Mugabe, Thank you for all the work you have done in Zimbabwe. I would you to now retire. It is after all 18 years over due. Let the young ones you educated take over. They can continue your work. After all 20 Years governing a nation takes it's toll one even the greatest of men.

  • Diana - 2012-05-05 12:10

    Makes me wonder what did change over the last couple of years that made HRA so curious about Zim, killings and repressions started long before yesterday.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 12:43

    Mugabe is in a power-sharing with Tsvangarai. When Mugabe wins elections, always declared failed elections. Now human rights abuses. The US soldiers are killing women and children in Afganistan, posing pictures while urinating on mutilated bodies of children and women. Is this not abuse of power? Israel is killing Paletines everyday,women and children. But the UN is turning a blind eye. The UN is serving the aspirations of the West and Britain. The UN is failing Africa and Middle East. Leave alone Mugabe'The African Hero\

      Irene - 2012-05-05 16:33

      You need to remove the 'bright' part from your second name.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-05 19:12

      George, And YOU are failing millions of Zimbabweans !!!

  • Jim - 2012-05-05 13:02

    Not long to go now, and we will look like those banana munchers too....

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-05-20 19:52

    Ones the country i love to vissit,Hard working people, Not a country to vissit anymore, the people are poor, what happen???????????

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