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Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last had discussions with the South African Government on the Government of Zimbabwe. (265397)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary last discussed Zimbabwe with his South African counterpart, Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma, at a meeting in London on 6 March 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to hold discussions with the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the political situation in that country. (265449)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary continues to follow developments in Zimbabwe closely.

He has no immediate plans to meet the Zimbabwean Prime Minister.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of extra-judicial executions in Zimbabwe in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008. (265456)

We are not aware of any extra-judicial executions having taken place in Zimbabwe in 2009. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum estimate there were three extra-judicial executions in Zimbabwe in 2007. At least 193 cases of politically motivated deaths occurred in 2008 since the March 2008 elections. We condemn the on-going disregard for the rule of law in Zimbabwe and call on the transitional Government to enact reform to protect the fundamental rights of its people.