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22 June 2009

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan asks Zimbabwe's PM to prioritize human rights

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan asks Zimbabwe's PM to prioritize human rights
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told Amnesty International's chief Irene Khan that the direction for reform had been set in the country. During talks in London on Monday, Mr Tsvangirai also said he was committed to ensuring the implementation of the human rights provisions included in the political agreement signed by all main political parties, which provides a framework for change.

Ms Khan met Tsvangirai just days after she returned from a six-day mission to Zimbabwe during which she met senior government officials, human rights defenders and victims of human rights abuses.

"While there is less political violence now in Zimbabwe, the human rights situation remains fragile and the social and economic situation is grim," said Ms Khan after the meeting. "Prime Minister Tsvangirai acknowledged the challenges facing his country."

Ms Khan added that Amnesty International would be closely monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe for the next 100 days and hoped to see Prime Minister Tsvangirai's words translated into action.

Read More

Zimbabwe's progress on human rights 'woefully slow' (News, 18 June 2009)
Irene Khan talks about Zimbabwe (Audio clip, 18 June 2009)
More needed to end violations in Zimbabwe after 100 days
(News, 22 May 2009)
Remaining political prisoners freed in Zimbabwe (Good News, 14 May 2009)
Zimbabwean human rights and political activists released (Good News, 6 May 2009)
Zimbabwean teachers working in fear (News, 1 May 2009)
Zimbabwean authorities continue persecution of political activists (News, 29 April 2009)
Zimbabwe independence celebrations overshadowed by human rights abuses
(News, 17 April 2009)





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