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Zimbabwe: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he is making to the Zimbabwean Government on respecting the rights of protesters.

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

​We continue to call on the Government of Zimbabwe to investigate all allegations of human rights violations and urge them to follow the due process of law for all those arrested in connection to January's protests. The British Embassy in Harare regularly raise the rights of protestors in their meetings with the Government of Zimbabwe.

I summoned the Zimbabwean Ambassador on 17 January to urge the security forces to stop using disproportionate force and reinforce the right of the people of Zimbabwe to protest. On 30 January, I spoke to Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Moyo, repeating our calls for an end to human rights abuses and a full investigation into all alleged abuse, including arbitrary arrests.

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