UN special rapporteur on human rights to assess impact of unilateral sanctions on Zimbabwe


People walk past the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 25, 2019. REUTERS / Philimon Bulawayo
People walk past the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe building in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 25, 2019. REUTERS / Philimon Bulawayo

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan, will visit Zimbabwe from October 18 to 28 to assess the impact of the sanctions on the country.

A statement from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released on Tuesday said Douhan will gather first-hand information on the negative impact of the sanctions.

She will carry out field visits to enable her to assess and assess their adverse effects before preparing recommendations and guidelines on how to mitigate or eliminate them.

His visit follows an invitation from the Zimbabwean government, which has been shaken by unilateral sanctions from Western countries led by the United States, Britain and the European Union.

While those who have imposed sanctions claim they target a few individuals, the government says their impact has been felt throughout the economy.

Due to the sanctions, in particular the United States Democracy and Zimbabwe Economic Recovery Act, Zimbabwe has not received as much support from international financial institutions as it should.

The sanctions were imposed at the turn of the century, when the country embarked on land reforms that saw thousands of white commercial farmers lose their land to landless former blacks.

Douhan is currently seeking the views of all relevant stakeholders to inform the thematic and geographic focus of the visit and subsequent reports.

According to the statement, the purpose of the mission was to examine, in a spirit of cooperation and dialogue, whether and to what extent the adoption, maintenance or implementation of unilateral sanctions impeded the full realization of the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. and other international human rights instruments.

This included the right of individuals and peoples to development in particular.

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