- British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has reportedly watered down any hopes of lifting sanctions against Zimbabwe unless there is a solid improvement on the country’s human rights record.
Reports following the meeting by visiting South African President, Jacob Zuma and his British head of government host, pointed that Mr Brown said sanctions against Zimbabwe will not be lifted until concerns about human rights violations and media restrictions are addressed.
As part of Mr Zuma’s state visit to Britain, he was also to discuss the Zimbabwean issue and ways that the country could be helped on the recovery road.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has maintained that part of the problems of the country, were exacerbated by the continued sanctions against him and his top aides.
Western countries have shrugged off any possible direct aid to Zimbabwe even after one year of the unity government in place saying there were no clear commitments to a politically improved and reformed Zimbabwe.
The Southern African state has come under scrutiny since is bogged land reform policy implementation which saw white commercial farmers chased out of their land from 2000 and their productive farms being handed over to Mr Mugabe’s supporters.
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afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.