Zimbabwe's Rights Abuses May Dent Hope of Lifting Sanctions
Activists and the main opposition party in Zimbabwe say the country is not ready for the end of U.S. and European sanctions, accusing the government of continued human rights violations. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's sympathizers say lifting sanctions will help country's ailing economy, but economists disagree. Tatenda Mombeyarara, the leader of the activist group Citizens Manifesto, opposes planned protests by regional leaders to demand the end of Western sanctions imposed on former President Robert Mugabe and his allies in 2002 for election rigging and human rights abuses. A visitor talks to Tatenda Mombeyarara of Citizens Manifesto in a private hospital in Harare, Aug. 21, 2019. (C. Mavhunga/VOA)Mombeyarara — speaking while recovering in a private hospital after being abducted by about 10 armed men who he suspects were members of the security forces — said the recent crackdowns by security forces on protesters and a spate of abductions showed that Zimbabwe's rights record hasn't improved. 'Much worse situation'“So it would be wrong for any body or institution to have sanctions removed on the falsehoods that the human rights situation in Zimbabwe has improved,” he said. “The reality is that they have worsened. We are in a far, far much worse situation. So if we got sanctions because of human rights abuses, what should actually be happening is tightening those sanctions." Rachel Kamangira of Broad Coalition Against Sanctions in Harare, Aug. 20, 2019. (C. Mavhunga/VOA)Racheal Kamangira, a member of a pro-government group called Broad Coalition Against Sanctions, has the opposite view. Since February, Kamangira and members of her group have been camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Harare, demanding the sanctions be lifted. Members of a pro-Zimbabwe government group called Broad Coalition Against Sanctions have been camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Harare, demanding the sanctions be lifted, Aug. 20, 2019. They say sanctions hurt ordinary citizens. (C. Mavhunga/VOA)"Those targeted ones, if they get sick, they go to other... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Zimbabwe's Rights Abuses May Dent Hope of Lifting Sanctions, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
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