The People’s Republic of China has called for the removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe saying they affect the Southern African’s capability to grow the economy. Pindula News presents a statement issued by the Asian country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference (2021-11-2)
China Daily: According to media reports, the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights observed in Harare on October 28 that unilateral sanctions imposed by Western countries including the US and the UK on Zimbabwe has a devastating impact on Zimbabwe’s economy and also violates the Zimbabwean people’s human rights, including the right to life, food, health, development and education, as well as economic and cultural rights. The Special Rapporteur called on relevant countries to lift the sanctions as soon as possible. Does the Chinese side have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: We noted relevant reports. In recent years, African countries have been calling on the US and other Western countries and organizations to lift unilateral sanctions on Zimbabwe as soon as possible. I stated China’s position on this last week. Africa’s call for justice has our unreserved support.
The observation by the UN Special Rapporteur shows once again that unilateral sanctions have had a debilitating impact on Zimbabwe’s capability to grow the economy and improve public welfare and on the Zimbabwean people’s daily life and enjoyment of various rights. The international community is increasingly repulsed by these sanctions. Human rights is a favorite subject of Western countries including the US, but what they practice runs counter to what they preach.
China firmly opposes all unilateral sanctions and firmly supports the Zimbabwean people’s rejection of external interference and pursuit of an independent development path. Once again we solemnly urge certain organizations and countries including the US to lift illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe at an early date and earnestly help the Zimbabwean people to combat COVID-19 and revitalize the economy.