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EU Renews Sanctions On Zimbabwe Defence Industries

EU Renews Sanctions On Zimbabwe Defence Industries

The EU has decided to renew its restrictive measures while lifting the already suspended restrictive measures against three individuals. The arms embargo and the targeted assets freeze against one company, Zimbabwe Defence Industries, remain in place. Pindula News presents a statement issued by General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union:

Zimbabwe: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union

The European Union (EU) reiterates its ambition for a more constructive relationship with Zimbabwe at all levels.

The EU has reviewed its restrictive measures in respect of Zimbabwe and in this context recalls the Council Conclusions of 17 February 2020 as %/tell as the Declaration by the Ugh Representative on behalf of the EU of 19 February 2021.

Since then, the situation in term of respect for human rights has not improved in Zimbabwe. Intimidation of the political opposition and other government critics has continued to restrict the democratic and civic space. which is under threat of shrinking further. through the Data Protection Act and ongoing legislative processes such as the Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill and the envisaged so-called Patriotic Act”. The EU is concerned about these developments Perpetrators of human rights violations should be swiftly brought to justice to end impunity. The recommendations of the Motlanthe Corrrnission of Inquiry have not been followed substantially and need to be implemented as a matter of priority and urgency. It is important that international human rights obligations are adhered to and the constitutional rights of the people of Zimbabwe respected.

In this light, the EU recalls the purpose of its restrictive measures. which is to encourage a demonstrable, genuine, and long-term commitment by the Zimbabwean authorities to respect and uphold human rights and the rule of law. The EU has decided to renew its restrictive measures, while lifting the already suspended restrictive measures against three individuals. The arms embargo and the targeted assets freeze against one company, Zimbabwe Defence Industries, remain in place taking into account the situation in Zimbabwe, as well as the continuing need to investigate the role of security forces in human rights abuses The EU wil continue to closely follow developments. with a particular attention to the human rights situation. and recalls its readiness to review and adapt the whole range of its policies accordingly.

The measures in place are targeted and very limited, therefore they do not affect the people of Zimbabwe. its economy. foreign direct investments. or trade. Zimbabwe continues to benefit from duty free and quota free access of its exports to the EU. while negotiations are ongoing to deepen the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Economic Partnership Agreement. There is significant potential in terms of investments and jobs opportunities, if structural bottlenecks vere to be addressed. and political and economic reforms including enhancing trust in the rule of law, tackling corruption and respect for human rights, are implemented. The EU reiterates its readiness to support credible and sustainable economic and political reforms. based on tangible commitments made by the Government of Zimbabwe. The EU will continue to support the people of Zimbabwe focusing on three priority areas as aligned with the Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy: (i) good governance and citizens’ rights: (ii) green economic growth and (iii) social recovery and human development. The EU commits itself to enhancing common efforts on addressing climate change on the basis of the Zimbabwean and EU commitments at COP26. The EU will continue to support the Zimbabwean people with humanitarian assistance, in case of need.

The EU follows closely the electoral agenda in Zimbabwe and stands ready to continue its support to electoral reforms – an important pillar to strengthen democracy – based on the recommendations of the 2018 EU Ejection Observation Mission. The EU is preparing for a follow-up mission. Moreover. the EU welcomes the reassurances given by the authorities of Zimbabwe that they will be inviting international electoral observers for the 2023 elections including an EU Election Observation Mission.

As an integral element of its engagement truth Gmbahwe, the EU looks forward to have a political dialogue in Harare as a matter of priority and notes the readiness of both sides to organize this dialogue in the near future. The political dialogue wall provide an opportunity for regular and open discussions. on many sublects, including on economy and human rights. The political dialogue is key in fostering mutual understanding and constructive cooperation. paving the vuay for progress in the relations.

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8 Comments

Doug 3 months ago

But our leaders were there a few days ago. Could the EU not talk to them about this? Just heard that from that outing the Malawi President managed to have a meeting with the head of WHO and were promised a million US dollars to use for alleviation of Cyclone Ana damages.


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 months ago

Dialogue is the only way out coz fighting can only end in tears...


JB 3 months ago

Guess you are now aware that sanctions are not on economic basis ,ngizwe omunye esithi hehhh hehhh amasanctions hey wena

I have no vote for the sanctioned individuals and their political party.

Every citizen irikuti
Ngaapinde hake mukomana Nero
Yellow Bus
Vote CCC


Ccc 3 months ago

Kana muchirwara endaivo munorapiwa ku china hakurambidzwi vanhu mari yenyu chete


Corruption 3 months ago

To those who say masanction arikudzosa nyika mas**** please read this statement

The measures in place are targeted and very limited, therefore they do not affect the people of Zimbabwe. its economy. foreign direct investments. or trade. Zimbabwe continues to benefit from duty free and quota free access of its exports to the EU. while negotiations are ongoing to deepen the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Economic Partnership Agreement.


Jombo 3 months ago

Kkkkk saka ngaarambe aripo maSanctions acho....if you believe it.Asi nhamo yako neZANU hazvisi kuzopera

Jinn 3 months ago

Uzezwa sokuthwa nguChamisa ocelileyo ukuthi bathi review


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Jombo 3 months ago

Tikunzwei muchiti Zimbabwe haina maSanctions yet murimi murikufa nenzara ivo ana Mnangagwa vachirapwa kuChina



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