|Sanctions violate human rights — Pillay|
|Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00|
Peter Matambanadzo and Farirai Machivenyika
Minister Patrick Chinamasa, his deputy Obert Gutu, Supreme and High Court judges, diplomats, senior Government officials and students.
“I would like to turn my attention to some additional issues that have been brought to my attention during my meetings over the past days. One such issue is the impact of sanctions imposed by some Western Governments on Zimbabwe, on economic, social and cultural rights.
“Some of my interlocutors have argued that these sanctions have had a negative impact on the population,” Ms Pillay said.
“At the same time, the limited access to clean water has led to outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. I recognise that other factors may be contributing to these declining indicators. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that sanctions have had a harmful impact on Zimbabweans,” Ms Pillay said.
Ms Pillay said the State should take all possible measures, including negotiations with other States and the international community, to reduce to a minimum the negative impact upon the rights of vulnerable groups within society.
Ms Pillay also talked on good governance, corruption, diversion of funds, mismanagement and the role of the civil society in the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights.
The United States, Britain and European Union imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe a decade ago.
Ms Pillay also met diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe yesterday. Details of the meeting could not be obtained yesterday as Ms Pillay and the diplomats declined to comment.
Journalists and Government officials were barred from the room during the deliberations.
Ms Pillay has been in the country since Sunday at the invitation of Government and has met with President Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Cabinet Ministers and civic society groups.