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Zimbabwe Not Ready For Commonwealth Re-admission, Says UK Minister

Zimbabwe Not Ready For Commonwealth Re-admission, Says UK Minister

A British member of parliament recently said Zimbabwe is yet to meet certain conditions to be readmitted into the Commonwealth.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Minister of State for the Pacific and the International Environment, Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith said Zimbabwe should first respect the rule of law and human rights for UK sanctions to be lifted and to be readmitted to the Commonwealth. Said, Goldsmith:

Indeed, respect for democratic principles, alongside human rights, the rule of law and civil society space, is central to Zimbabwe’s stated desire to see the UK sanctions regime lifted and to rejoin the Commonwealth.

As noble Lords are aware, the decision about whether Zimbabwe rejoins the Commonwealth is for all Commonwealth members.

In due course, we would, of course, like nothing more than to see Zimbabwe rejoin. However, Zimbabwe cannot yet credibly be said to meet the principles set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth is an association of 54 countries, most of which are former British colonies.

Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth in 2003 after the organisation refused to lift the southern African country’s suspension.

Zimbabwe had been suspended in 2002 on allegations of contravening the basic principles of the Commonwealth, as outlined in the Harare Declaration, issued at the 1991 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Harare.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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25 Comments

nitho 2 months ago

the rule of law means the rule of British law not our laws
Take for instance in China. the British says the only place in China were there is the rule of law is Hong Kong. why is that so? It's because they were once the rulers of Hong Kong. They don't regard other laws as laws. After all what do we gain from our former colonizers


nitho 2 months ago

the rule of law means the rule of British law not our laws
Take for instance in China. the British says the only place in China were there is the rule of law is Hong Kong. why is that so? It's because they were once the rulers of Hong Kong. They don't regard other laws as laws. After all what do we gain from our former colonizers


Machiavelli 2 months ago

Bhururu, we owe all our infrastructure to the colonisers. After 1980 it's been looting after looting chete.

Kanda 2 months ago

vaiva vasati vazvagwa madays echolera vanaVybz Kartel more over ndini mogara kuHarare kusina mvura munomama this time Harare yokuti Even borehole water inonhuwa sewage


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Pinga the Great 2 months ago

ngorima learn to read and understand fully our gvt is trying to be readmitted in the commonwealth so that sanctions will be lifted then things will be back in track ,modern life we are living needs those superpowers to be on our side to have development and growth ipapo unoti AU ,SADC muchikonewa cholera chaiyo


ngorima mushava 2 months ago

human rights, hungochani????? ngavagare ne Commonwealth yavo,,


Chawabvunza 2 months ago

Old People's Home government must not blame the opposition for having invited sanctions. Sanctions we're imposed because Zimbabwe Government failed and is still failing to follow the rule of law, respect democratic principles and human rights. Zimbabwe has failed dismally. Unless they follow these tenents they will not be allowed into the Commonwealth.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Machiavelli 2 months ago

@Ngorima, it doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches the mice.

Better ipihwe vachena minds yacho pane kuti tife nenzara

ngorima mushava 2 months ago

no kudzosa minda kuvachena

😖😖 2 months ago

@ vybz Kartel.... illegitimate brain


Dr Hercules 2 months ago

Zimbabweans willing and ready to be admitted into the commonwealth, only the ruling few that are afraid of accountability.


VYBZ KARTEL 2 months ago

uri kamughido kevarungu shuwa shuwa


Kanda 2 months ago

wakazvarwa chembere dzaenda kundari ukanjingiwa nepwere Saka uchigara kuEpworth

Kanda 2 months ago

arresting the innocent ,touture, murder, corruption, property seizures, abduction,vote rigging, freedom of speech, freedom of association a lot to mention zvikagadzirwa izvozvo tokuudzai modzoka but mukuwedzera manje militarized state institutions and commissions even parastatals forget and relax


Ndini Ndadaroo 2 months ago

Ngavagare ne Commonwealth yavo. We have SADC and AU. They have been helpful during this hard times caused by sanctions.


Mafirakureva 2 months ago

Taura hako @g.

He is the son of many fathers

g 2 months ago

uyu anofunga nes**** chete uyu

Yellow Card 2 months ago

sanctions were suppose to be gone by now, what is delaying are reforms


mbavha yembudzi vybz kartel 2 months ago

good if u want them to b lifted do as per instructions stop abuse of human rights etc
no to gala for sanctions
no camping at US embassy


VYBZ KARTEL 2 months ago

so you admit there are sanctions on Zimbabwe


Kanda 2 months ago

@Vybez Kartel usaita sekuti wakazvarwa Baba vako naMai vako vasangana murank vasara nemabhazi iwe ukati unoda kuenda kuUk for shopping or visiting relatives unorambidzwa nani unesanction rei how old are you crying out loud

Advocate 2 months ago

iwe zvavanofanirwa kuita zviri simple apo respect human right morega kurigger chete the so called sanctions obviswa......our gvnt doesn't. want the "sanctions" to be lifted bcoz it will be clear to everyone including to you @KARTEL that its not sanctions but CORRUPTION !

citizen 2 months ago

kkkk ayas ko vanombodeyi ko muno


Kid 7 2 months ago

@citizen handiti ihurumende yedu yakatoti tikuda kudzoka ku common wealth ?, havana kutinyengerera kuti dzokai ,asi isu ndisu tirikutoda kudzokera. Common wealth varikuda kuba mari dzinopihwa ma countries arimo kkkkk


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