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Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (258563)

[holding answer 25 February 2009]: We continue to have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, not least the on-going detention of political prisoners, credible reports of torture in custody and continuing suppression of peaceful protests.

The international community has agreed clear conditions for substantive re-engagement with Zimbabwe, including respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Initial indications of the new Government's commitment to respect for human rights and the rule of law include the release of political detainees. We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground closely.