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Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Zimbabwean counterpart on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. (269727)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not met his Zimbabwean counterpart since the inclusive government was formed on 13 February 2009, and has not directly raised our human rights concerns with him. However, we and our international partners, regularly raise our serious concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe with the Government of Zimbabwe. In his statement of 11 February 2009, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said the restoration of the rule of law, respect for human rights, the release of political detainees and the repeal of repressive legislation were the foundations of international support.

The statement of 11 February 2009 is available for viewing online at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/newsroom/latest-news/?view=PressS&id=13462857