'Zim abuses affect everyone'

DEFIANT: Morgan Tsvangirai, centre, and other activists outside the court in Harare Zimbabwe. © AP.
DEFIANT: Morgan Tsvangirai, centre, and other activists outside the court in Harare Zimbabwe. © AP.

MAPUTO - A delegation of Zimbabwean human rights lawyers is in Mozambique to seek support to pressure President Robert Mugabe to introduce political reforms.

MAPUTO - A delegation of Zimbabwean human rights lawyers is in Mozambique to seek support to pressure President Robert Mugabe to introduce political reforms.

The leader of the delegation, Tafadzwa Mugabe, and two other lawyers are being hosted by the Mozambican Lawyers Association (LDH).

Their visit comes after lawyers suffered physical aggression and intimidation from the Zimbabwean government when they tried to seek the release of their clients arrested after the March 11 demonstrations.

The demonstrations resulted in the severe beatings of opposition Movement of Democratic Change (MDC) leaders, their supporters and the killing of a youth at the hands of the police.

The LDH said yesterday it wanted the Mozambican government to take a position on the regime of Robert Mugabe.

The association said the Zimbabwean government "ignored African Union laws" and the "gross violation of human rights of Zimbabwean citizens does not happen as an isolated issue in the African or global context, but affects everyone". - Sapa

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