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Zimbabwe

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received concerning human rights in Zimbabwe. [HL3838]

We continue to have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, including the increase in violent farm invasions, with credible reports of police being complicit. Although the approximately 70 political detainees who were in custody when the inclusive government was formed have been released, they are under strict bail conditions and there are reports of continued state harassment. We will continue to monitor the human rights situation closely and to put pressure on the Government of Zimbabwe to honour their commitments to improve respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to the Government of Zimbabwe to increase the likelihood that a democratic constitution is adopted in Zimbabwe within the next two years. [HL3839]

We continue to support civil society organisations in Zimbabwe, including those working for an inclusive and transparent constitutional review process. We are speaking to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and the relevant parliamentary committee about their plans, and stand ready with other donors to provide support when we see evidence of a just, inclusive and transparent constitutional review process.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens in Zimbabwe are eligible for their resettlement programme. [HL3841]

We estimate there are 3,000 British people in Zimbabwe who may qualify for this scheme, according to age, although not all will want to apply for it. It is difficult to say precisely how many people will apply or how many of them will be eligible, but we estimate that the number of successful applicants is likely to be about 750, although the actual numbers taking up the scheme could ultimately be higher or lower than this.