Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Zimbabwe: AU council adopts report critical of Mugabe

The African Union's executive council has adopted a report that is criticial of Mugabe's regime.
The report was adopted on Saturday by the AU's executive council, which comprises foreign ministers of the 53 member states, despite strong opposition from Zimbabwe.

It was compiled by the AU's African Commission on Human and People's Rights, which sent a mission to Zimbabwe from June 24 to 28 2002, shortly after the presidential elections.

The report was apparently not submitted to the AU's 2003 summit because it had not been translated into French.

It will now be considered by the AU's annual summit of heads of state and government that begins in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. (source)
UPDATE: The AU has suspended the report ...
African leaders, meeting in Ethiopia this week, adopted the 114-page document, but said its publication would be "suspended" until authorities in Zimbabwe had time to respond to the allegations raised. (source)