UN's Navi Pillay urges end to Zimbabwe sanctions

  • Western nations have been urged to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe and its President Robert Mugabe by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

    Speaking on her first visit to the country, Pillay said the sanctions were hurting those struggling to make ends meet.

    The European Union has already lifted some sanctions but restrictions on Mugabe and his close aides remain, including the freezing of assets and travel bans.

    The EU tightened sanctions after the 2008 election when Mugabe's supporters were accused of killing, beating and torturing hundreds of people.

    Since then Mugabe has had to share power with his rivals.

    Pillay also urged Zimbabwe to pass reforms to avoid violence in the next polls due to be held within a year.  

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