Zimbabwe: International Bar Association Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 25th April 2001.

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Photo of Lord Blaker Lord Blaker Conservative 2:59 pm, 25th April 2001

My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that the mission was organised by the IBA's Human Rights Institute, of which Nelson Mandela is president? As the noble Baroness has said, the mission included senior judges and lawyers from Commonwealth countries and one from the United States. It concluded:

"Conduct committed or encouraged by government ministers has put the rule of law in Zimbabwe in the gravest peril and the very fabric of democracy at risk".

It went on to say:

"This cannot be justified by the need for social justice".

What action is being taken by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the European Union, in all of which the United Kingdom is an influential member?