UN human rights chief visits Zimbabwe

2012-05-20 19:17

Harare - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has arrived in Zimbabwe on the first mission to the troubled southern African nation by the world human rights chief.

Officials said on Sunday that Navi Pillay's week-long trip is at the invitation of a three-year coalition government formed in 2009 after disputed, violent elections plagued by rights abuses blamed mainly on militants of President Robert Mugabe's party and loyalist police and troops.

Patrick Chinamasa, Mugabe's justice minister, told state media on Sunday that the South African-born Pillay will meet with Mugabe, political leaders and rights groups. He said "we have nothing to hide".

The chief UN torture investigator was barred entry at the Harare airport in 2009 after claims the visit was not officially cleared.

  • Benn - 2012-05-20 19:39

    High commissioner for human rights? But true to form, News 24 has the heading UNHCR, which stands for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees!! Well done N24!!

      Godide - 2012-05-20 21:38

      noted intern journalist,one day will post vacum news, even Edit in chief won't check it.

  • Lynda - 2012-05-20 19:58

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm another toothless bulldog???

  • mnmwale - 2012-05-20 21:09

    Shame on you Ms Navi Pillay! As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights you should have known better than to accept an invitation by Mr Patriick Chinamasa. mr Chinamasa is the architect of a fascist law that has seen millions of born and bred Zimbabweans of foreign ethnicity stripped of their Zimbabwean citizenship with the main purporse of disenfrenchising them. If she is not going to take up that issue which is one of the worst violations of human rights in the post-World War Two era, then what violations of human rights is she going to spend a week investigating? The whole thing sounds like a circus as she is going to be the guest of Mr Chinamasa

  • Joseph - 2012-05-20 21:32

    She will have to watch her step robbie will kick her out

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-21 13:26

    Navi pillay be careful my dear, Robert mugarbage has got reputation of loosening or sabotaging the car handbrakes and the foot One to settle a political score especially to those he sees as his threat to prolong his iron fist ruling in Zimbabwe.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-23 13:27

    Well if she dare reveal any of the horrific truths Bob will have her out of there so fast, and labelled a 'bloody agent' or something.

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