Friday, January 06, 2006

African union whispers they might be a little annoyed at Zim


....In a report seen by Reuters on Thursday, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights said it was "alarmed by the number of internally displaced persons and the violations of fundamental individual and collective rights resulting from the forced evictions" carried out by Mugabe's government.

"The African Commission ... urges the government of Zimbabwe to cease the practice of forced evictions throughout the country, and to adhere to its obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other international human rights instruments," said the report, drawn up at a meeting in Gambia last month.

Rights group Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said it was heartened by the report and was confident AU leaders would back the commission's recommendations at their summit in Khartoum beginning on January 23.

"At last there is a consensus by the experts on rights issues in Africa that the government of Zimbabwe has failed to adhere to basic human rights ... and ordinarily African leaders adopt these resolutions which are drawn by experts appointed by themselves," said Crisis' co-ordinator Jacob Mafume.

The report urged the AU to re-send an envoy that Harare barred last year from investigating the government's demolition of urban slums, an exercise the United Nations says left over 700,000 people homeless or without a livelihood....

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