By Nevson Mpofu .
For the second time now European Union External Action has condemned the Zimbabwean Government for its abuse of human rights. The spokesperson Maja Kocijancic –Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations spoke out.
In a Press Statement posted to Pan-African-Visions by Greebe Dorothy of Harare office ,He touched mainly on three aspects in the wave of abuses escalating with resonance in Zimbabwe. On the first issue he blames the Government for the escalation of violence aggravated by the disproportionate use of force by security personnel.
‘’We heavily condemn the first step taken by the Government of Zimbabwe in failing first to uphold human rights and rule of Law in the whole country . This is against its constitution. Secondly it’s against International Protocols like the Universal Declaration for Human Rights of 1948’’.
‘’The Government must ensure due legal process for the detained. There is also need for access to medical services be duly granted to those who need it. Destruction of property must also come to an end.’’
Maja also spoke on the shut-down of Internet by the Government of Zimbabwe. He pointed out that the action is illegal because Internet is a Universal Right. This was his second point. The Government of Zimbabwe since Tuesday last week did not permit the public to Internet services. The interruption is another cause of concern with the general public.
Thirdly he dwells on the investigations in death and abuses over the last days. Several people were physically abused, some economically by soldiers and police officers called black-boots who disturbed market stalls of mothers selling basic food stuffs to support their families.
They also economically abused small to medium enterprises who are 90% of the country’s labour force. SME’s contribute large percentage to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The ensuing violence has cost Zimbabwe millions if not more.
The other concern is on the urgent implementation of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry on post- election violence in the country. Maja cites reasons why there must be Reform path for National Inclusive Dialogue. Secondly the freedom of citizens. Lastly the need for efforts to promote Investments.
‘’All citizens must have access to internet because it is a universal right. There must be a system by which the Government ensures due legal process for the detained. Also access to medical services for those who need it is obviously important.
‘’ Investigations into the death and abuses over the last days must be carried out. Therefore, we call for urgent implementation of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry on post- election violence, bursts out Maja Kocijancic .
Post- election violence 0ccured on 1 August when 6 people were shot dead in the midst of believed to be peaceful elections since 2000. European Union condemned the action vehemently. African countries as well followed suit because this was done in the eyes of foreign visitors, election observers and journalists covering elections. ZIMBABWE then missed Commonwealth re-engagement.
The need for national dialogue could stir change if the two political parties listen and understand needs and concerns of the people. Maja believes Inclusive dialogue is the path to freedom of citizens. The spirit of Inclusive Dialogue promotes Investments in the country.