Zimbabwe: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of human rights violations that have recently taken place in Zimbabwe.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Figures from the respected Zimbabwe Human Rights Non-Government Organisations (NGO) Forum and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission suggest at least 17 deaths, 81 gunshot injuries and many hundreds of other injuries. They also recorded at least 17 incidents of sexual assault by security forces and 873 arrests and detentions.

I summoned the Zimbabwean Ambassador on 17 January and spoke to Foreign Minister Moyo on 30 January, to express our concern at the ongoing situation, urge the security forces to stop using disproportionate force, and to investigate any cases of alleged human rights violations.

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