Tuesday, August 09, 2005

UN rights envoy condemns African Union coverup


...Some 700,000 Zimbabweans have lost their homes and livelihoods in the campaign and a further 2.4 million people have been affected, according to a UN report released last month.

The report by UN envoy Anna Tibaijuka said the demolitions had been "carried out in an indiscriminate and unjustified manner, with indifference to human suffering."

Kothari, an Indian legal expert, said he was concerned that there had been no moves by Zimbawe's authorities since the UN report to resettle or compensate those who had been thrown out of their homes.

Mugabe on Monday said he had invited Annan to Zimbabwe "so that he can have an appreciation of what we are trying to do for our people in the sphere of housing and informal business."

Zimbabwe's president also lashed out at critics, calling them "long-distance philanthropists who romanticize shacks."

Kothari said he was willing to travel to Zimbabwe to provide help with a fair housing policy....

UMMM....they don't need a "housing policy"...they need HOUSES....

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