Zimbabwe defends rights record

2011-10-10 22:52

Geneva - Zimbabwe defended its human rights record at a UN hearing Monday while slamming sanctions against the country which it said brought hardship and violated human rights.

"Zimbabwe is a member of the international community and remains committed to its obligations on human rights," Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.

He said Zimbabwe had reformed its constitution on several occasions to improve the human rights situation.

"We adopted among others laws on the protection of children and orphans, laws against family violence and laws that ensure the rights of NGOs working in our country," said Chinamasa.

He therefore criticised the "illegal economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, which contributes a lot to the suffering of the Zimbabwe people and which are violations of human rights".

The European Union has imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe since 2002 due to repeated rights violations by long serving President Robert Mugabe's regime.

The sanctions include an arms embargo, as well as travel bans and assets freeze on a list of Zimbabweans, including Mugabe himself.

  • Ryan - 2011-10-10 23:54

    Amazing how an arms embargo, and travel ban and asset freeze on Mugabe and his cronies, supposedly contributes to the "suffering of the Zim people". Mugabe and Chinamasa, you guys can play the uneducated for fools, but you cant fool the guys (EU) that are screwing you

      Walter - 2011-10-11 05:39

      Yes, and until there is free and fair elections whether, Mugabe dies or not, economic sanctions must remain. Culpable seniors in the ZANU-PF must be brought to book as well!

      check-checke - 2011-10-11 06:56

      It is my opinion that they should have Mugabe and his Armies stand trial nobody ever ever mention the brutal killings on harmless farmers.The world remains numb wilst Mugabe fills their coffers with blood money.Even the MDC is onlookers

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-10-11 07:54

      Yeah... I really don't understand how he is even allowed to talk at a UN meeting. As soon is somebody is discriminated against for who they vote for you know there is hardly any human rights. And the fact that he says the people are suffering because arms can't be imported and Mugabeco is not allowed access to their stolen millions is truly disgraceful. Zimbabwe's government's arrogance is shocking.

      daaivark - 2011-10-11 08:09

      By patronising this absurd state, the UN actiuvely perpetuates the chaotic politics of Zimbabwe. For the UN even to permit the envoy to continue speaking after uttering such utter drivel (which contradicts every observation by independents for years) is criminal. "reformed its constitution on several occasions to improve the human rights situation" Right. Pull the other one..

      The_Realist - 2011-10-11 08:47

      these delusional twats JUST the other day admitted to killing 100,000 matabele! afro-amnesia!

  • Liberty - 2011-10-11 02:26

    Words mean nothing, the proof is in the pudding, mugabe

  • Michael McN - 2011-10-11 03:57

    Why not let Mugabe travel to Europe, then give him a surprise extended stay at the Hague? Everybody wins that way!

  • Odinist - 2011-10-11 05:09

    Let that old man die and Zim will recover.

  • leonard - 2011-10-11 05:15

    Patrick must have been smoking the the good stuff before he made his statement.The rulers in Africa seriously think that the rest of the world are stupid,think again,your record has won GOLD MEDAL status in the annuls of the badness stakes.

  • Jon JJ - 2011-10-11 06:03

    Fk them, keep the sanctions going. Mugabe doesn't need the West remember? In fact fk all these useless African nations...let them revel in their own sh1t. The world owes them and their dodo leaders nothing!!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-11 06:25

      Agree was ok to drill SA when it was a soft target....The locals brought nothing to Africa. And Now they want to keep their money in Swiss banks. Karl Wabenzi wasn't born in South Africa.Google African inventors and see what comes up.

  • AGH - 2011-10-11 06:26

    What is this idiot smoking??

  • Stefanus - 2011-10-11 07:17

    On my planet this Mugabe clown would have been placed in a GoofieGiefie (a glass container with no door handles on the inside) and ejected into space.

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  • flummoxed - 2011-10-11 07:31

    Zanu-PF has to be ousted completely and replaced by a Government that recognises the expertise and value of the farmers who have been brutalised and forced off their (food producing)farms. Mugabe has dissipated a magnificent Country - one that has a chance of rising from the ashes when it realises that without white farmers, Corporate and Industrial advisors soon the Chinese will be moving in lock stock to enslave Zim's people in a way that make's Colonialism the least of the two evils in their eyes.

  • Pennie - 2011-10-11 07:48

    What about the thousands of Matabeles that were killed by Mugabe and his cronies?

      daaivark - 2011-10-11 08:21

      Precisely, Pennie. That atrocity was reasonably well documented at the time, hence the fact that the BBC is now persona-non-grata in Zimbabwe. Not to mention the fairly recent discovery of a mass burial site at a disused mine. This is information freely available. Yet somehow these adroit verbal acrobats manage to retain a seat in the UN? The Western Guilt Complex makes for easy manipulation.

      check-checke - 2011-10-11 08:38

      Penny do you think they (UN)is going to do anything beause the country is governed black people if for instance any white person was involved all hel would break loose.South Africa with all its negativity regarding apartheid left the black Government with a good legacy (which has been butchered to almost nothing) yes blame it on apartheid.We were the baddies whilst in the same time Mugabe activated all slaughterings of the Matabelies.

  • Agent Rascal - 2011-10-11 07:53

    There is only one way, the Zimbos must do exactly what the rebels did in libya.Take control now.

  • Bloodstone - 2011-10-11 07:56

    In 2002 Chinamasa declared various NGO's illegal, including leading Human Rights organisation the Amani Trust which provides support to victims of torture, now he tells us that there are "laws that ensure the rights of NGOs working in our country" don't trust a smiling bush cat.....

  • VELOCITY - 2011-10-11 08:05

    All those "laws" in place huh? Big deal, in SA we have laws against racism and oppression but our government favours shooting the Boer.

  • Galula - 2011-10-11 08:16

    Contrary to belief in some sections, These sunctions are really hurting the Zimbabwean people not Mugabe. They really should go!

      daaivark - 2011-10-11 08:21

      An unfortunate but necessary evil.

      JackMeoff - 2011-10-11 09:22

      @GALULA - Stop talking crap. there are NO sanctions on Zimbabwe as a country. There are economic and travel sanctions ONLY on some ZANU-PF members....that's it ! The country is free to trade with anyone in the world and there are NO SANCTIONS on the people of Zimbabwe. The sooner idiots like you are educated on FACTS, the better Zimbabwe will become.

  • Mgayi - 2011-10-11 08:34

    In december 2010 my truck was impounded in Zim and a "transport official" demanded that I pay R3,800 into his PostBank account ( Musina Branch) for its release .So I forwarded to his cell via email one of my InContact messages from FNB and changed just the date , amount and ref and just after he got the sms he commanded my driver to drop him off in Musina so he could make "the withdrawal' ( BEEEG MISTAKE). . . . . .no money more problems

  • Karoogypsy - 2011-10-11 08:44

    MAAIFOEDIE !! they all are........

  • letsee - 2011-10-11 08:52

    I have an employee from Zim who goes home every month for a couple of days and disagrees with Zim's government statements. On the other hand hundreths more farmers were killed in South Africa than in Zimbabwe.

      ZimboBorn - 2011-10-11 10:24

      let see you employee is obviously not smart enough to understand anything.... the sanctions on paper are what they say they are but in terms of execution they affect the entire country .... ordinary Zimbabweans are now suffering because of them.. More white farmers were killed in the first 6 months of this year in South Africa than have been killed in Zimbabwe in the last 30 years...just so you know

  • Gibbonater - 2011-10-11 09:38

    How does a travel ban and targeted sanctions hurt the average Zimabwean who is living in South Africa anyway. Are you telling me tahat an arms embargo is bad for Zimbabwe. The travel ban is to stop the so called elite of Zimbabwe traveling overseas to live the high life, eat vast quantities of food, drink the best booze and spend thousands on shopping trips. Why would they want to travel to the evil west anyway. Much better to go to your buddies in North Korea, Cuba or Venezuela.

  • Boerseun - 2011-10-11 09:42

    What a sick joke, This oke should have been arrested together with Mugabe and put to trial for their offences.

  • Badballie - 2011-10-11 10:36

    Yes right, passing laws and enforcing them are two different things. Zimbabwe is a dictatorship which is guilty of more human rights violations than even the ANC if that's possible. The Sanctions other than the arms embargo which must never be lifted, although once again the ANC ships weapons and ammunition's over to them on a regular basis anyway; are against individuals in the government not the people as a whole. once again Bob is trying to baffle with bullsh*t something black African governments think of as the new sliced bread.

  • EyesWideShut - 2011-10-12 19:52

    What an amusing headline, up there with "Pope wears condom" or perhaps "Elvis found alive in Potchefstroom".

  • Rob - 2012-05-06 17:33

    Yesterday the 'bread basket of Africa'.... To-day a 'barren wasteland'.. I know, I lived there for many years... Well done 'BOB' - just another 'has been' 'ex Colonial' piece of Africa...

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