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Zimbabwe: Freedom Of Expression

Volume 622: debated on Tuesday 13 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will consult with other members of the Commonwealth and the European Union to ensure that freedom of expression in Zimbabwe is scrutinised at the forthcoming Session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and that a resolution on this matter is tabled for consideration by the Commission. [HL596]

We are currently holding discussions with EU partners about the forthcoming session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (CHR). There are no plans at present to table an EU resolution on Zimbabwe. However, the EU issued a statement on 31 January condemning the bombing of the Daily News printing presses. We will continue to monitor the situation in Zimbabwe closely.