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Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken to establish the extent of human rights violations in Zimbabwe. (201655)

Government officials are carefully monitoring the current situation in Zimbabwe, paying close attention to the extent of human rights violations. Our facts are cross checked and ascertained through direct contact with victims and non-governmental organisations who corroborate statements and facts. As a consequence we can confirm there have been at least 456 victims of post election violence reported to date and we are also aware of hundreds of displaced civilians. We have repeatedly raised our condemnation of these abuses with the Government of Zimbabwe and states in the region.