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Jestina Mukoko

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Zimbabwe regarding the seizure of Jestina Mukoko, executive director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project; what steps he is taking to secure her release; and if he will make a statement. (242745)

We are seriously concerned about the abduction of Jestina Mukoko and others from the Zimbabwe Peace Project. On 6 December and with our full support, the French presidency of the EU issued a statement expressing the EU's deep concern and calling on the government of Zimbabwe to ensure her immediate freedom. This was conveyed to the Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Harare in a démarche by the EU Troika on 8 December. Until she and all other abductees are released and internationally accepted standards of human rights are restored, we shall continue to call for an end to all such human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.