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EU Urges Zimbabwe To Investigate Reports Of Enforced Disappearances

EU Urges Zimbabwe To Investigate Reports Of Enforced Disappearances

The European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen has urged the Government to investigate reported cases of enforced disappearances and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Speaking to NewsDay after the fourth EU-Zimbabwe Dialogue meeting in Harare on Tuesday, Olkkonen said:

Zimbabwe, unfortunately, has a history of forced disappearances. We still have reports of disappearances of people.

We encouraged the government to take these allegations seriously and transparently look into them.

We want Zimbabwe to report on its findings and bring the culprits to justice. It needs to be addressed seriously so that the facts behind all the alleged cases are brought to daylight.

We have differences of opinion on how a number of human rights issues are addressed. We hope that Zimbabwe would make more progress on those matters.

However, Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministry secretary James Manzou who co-chaired the fourth EU-Zimbabwe Dialogue meeting said there are no human rights violations in the country. Manzou said:

Zimbabwe doesn’t have any human rights violations. Of course, they would cite certain issues.

Yes, there are areas where we had different views. Even in your family, you have different views, but you sit down and discuss them.

So we used this opportunity to outline the reforms that we are undertaking such as media and electoral reforms.

This was an opportunity to tell them that this is what we are doing.

Olkkonen’s concerns on enforced disappearances came after CCC activist Moreblessing Ali was allegedly abducted by suspected ZANU PF members in Chitungwiza on 24 May.

However, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) released a statement saying Ali’s disappearance had nothing to do with politics.

Police said Ali was having personal issues with her former boyfriend, Pius Jamba, who reportedly dragged her away from a local bar.

More: NewsDay

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Gringo 3 weeks ago

Saka zvamataura zvinoita kuti vanhu vasarohwe here?

Machiavelli 3 weeks ago

I find it most illuminating that a considerable cross section is castigating the EU for raising governance issues. In any civilised society sanctity of life is the cornerstone of society.

Our Constitution denotes the Right to Life and Freedom from extra-judicial incarceration. So what the EU raising is an issue of Fundamental Human Rights. When we justify extra-judicial incarceration, we are courting the ire of the rest of civilised nations. When we get slapped with sanctions for Human rights abuses, we start crying foul.

This is where sanctions issues start. It starts with us. We invite sanctions against ourselves

Machiavelli 3 weeks ago

@Chimboti Pizza, mukange manyatsorwadziwa muchaona zvekuita neZANU yacho

Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

@Machiavelli, vanogotipa masanctions kuti takazviabuser here hanty ZANU ndoirikuabuser mahuman rights asi masanctions anozongonyanya kukuvadza isu vacho varikunzi vakuabusirwa marights. Saka EU hapana kubatsira kwainenge ichiita nemasanctions, kutonyarara kuri nani.


sokwe 3 weeks ago

haaa usatishainira iwe toothless EU

Turoo 3 weeks ago

Iwe mpfana Timo Olkkonen nyarara, makatipa masanctions muchiti ndeekupunisher ZANU but ndisu tikungokuvara😠

Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

Mukutaura chokwadi zvenyu EU, ZANU ndeyekushaya but masanctions amakapa ZANU haasi kushanda, ari kukuvadza maordinary citizens kupfuura maZANU PF senior members. Ndinoona semakatadza kufunga, mukutowedzera nhamo yemwana wevhu pane kuidzikisa

Blue 💙 3 weeks ago

Mind your own business E.U.
Deal with the tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Deal with the Russo-Ukraine war.
These guys just love to pook around other people's affairs.

》》》 3 weeks ago

You beat your wife everyday and when your neighbour urges you wife to report the abuse, you accuse him of him of "pooking in other people's affairs ". You an evil mf

Mmmm 3 weeks ago

You are just like our finance minister who won't listen to advice. Shame on you.

Mmmm 3 weeks ago

Who is going to police the police. Like asking a thief to investigate a robbery.

er 3 weeks ago

*The difference between $1 RTGS and US$1 is so huge that, even if you earn $1 rtgs per day, you still won't have US$1 in one year.*

Chamhamha 3 weeks ago


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