African nations excoriate Mugabe


Jun 3, 2003
African nations excoriate Mugabe
Chicago Sun-Times |
"African nations combined for the first time Sunday to condemn the Zimbabwe government for its 'flagrant human rights abuses,' signaling a shift in their attitude toward President Robert Mugabe's regime. The African Union's executive council, meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia adopted a report critical of Mugabe's regime for the arrests and torture of opposition members of parliament and human rights lawyers, harassment of journalists, the stifling of freedom of expression and abuse of civil liberties. African foreign ministers ignored the protests of the Zimbabwe delegation, which complained it had not been given an opportunity to study and respond to the report by the AU's commission on human and people's rights. The commission found that 'at the very least human rights violations and arbitrary arrests have occurred.'"

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