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Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department’s latest assessment is of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (190656)

[holding answer 29 February 2008]: The human rights situation in Zimbabwe continues to cause us grave concern. The Government of Zimbabwe shows no respect for basic human rights such as freedom of expression, assembly and association. Human rights violations perpetrated by state agents including assault, torture and arbitrary arrest continue. Our embassy officials in Harare continue to monitor the human rights situation closely, particularly with regard to infringements related to the forthcoming elections. They will continue to meet regularly with key partners, including local and international non-governmental organisations, to consider how best human rights can be defended.