Zimbabweans arrested for debating events in North Africa

Zimbabwean government is being urged to release a group of civil society activists charged with treason for discussing events in Egypt and Libya.

President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the arrest of the 45 activists was a clear sign that the establishment of a consolidated democracy in Zimbabwe is still far from assured.

Ms Pillay called on the government of Zimbabwe to fulfill its promise to put an end to intolerance.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“As many people in North Africa have been saying increasingly loudly and clearly, there is no true democracy without freedom of expression and assembly.  It is therefore both deeply ironic and disturbing that, in Zimbabwe, activists are being arrested and mistreated simply for discussing North Africans’ efforts to bring about change.”

The High Commissioner says with elections possibly taking place later this year, the government of Zimbabwe needs to take measures to restore some faith in the country’s political processes.

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