Zimbabwe risks new European sanctions over repressionFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE repressive Zimbabwean administration of President Robert Mugabe faces renewed sanctions from the European Union (EU) following growing violence against demonstrators.
The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) met in Brussels, Belgium, were they voted in favour of the action.
Members said the EU Council and Commission should consider reimposing certain restrictive measures against the Zimbabwe regime.
These will only be removed and an assistance package will be made available once Zimbabwe is on the path towards democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
“We believe that the lifting of the bulk of restrictive measures (in 2013) was premature,” a spokesperson of the European Parliament said from Brussels.
MEPs expressed concern about the growing violence against informal traders, unemployed youth and unpaid professionals who have taken to the streets in urban centres to protest against job losses, mass unemployment and government’s failure to meet basic economic expectations.
They also noted with alarm the recently announced one-month ban on demonstrations and the rise in the number of arbitrary arrests of lawyers.
Legislators demanded that authorities release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally and not interfere with the independence of the judiciary.
They condemned the recent statements by President Mugabe attacking the judiciary.
– CAJ News
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