Trócaire calls for renewal of sanctions against Zimbabwe

Trócaire has urged the Irish government, through the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy, to prioritise the issue of human rights compliance in Zimbabwe at its upcoming meetings.
The government has been asked to seek an extension of the restrictions and sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, which include a Europe-wide travel ban on President Mugabe and other senior members of the government, and the supply of military equipment, when the issue becomes due for renewal on February 20 next.

Trócaire has asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern, to call for the restoration of an independent and impartial judiciary and full separation of powers in Zimbabwe and for the resolution of the humanitarian crisis by the immediate extension of food aid to all who need it (including members of the political opposition).

The Minister was also asked to emphasise the need for aid and protection to be given to the victims of the forced evictions and demolitions; and the need to ensure that those responsible for the violations were brought to justice without delay.

2005 has been one of the worst years for democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe to date. At the annual meeting of the African Commission for Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) in December 2005, a resolution was adopted to strongly condemn the continuation of serious violations of human rights by the government of that country. The resolution highlights the alarming developments in the human rights situation in the last year, and a growing body of evidence documenting this situation. The EU must maintain its stance on the issue of rights in Zimbabwe, and support any and all international pressure brought to bear on the country.