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Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
of the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on the
ill-treatment of the Zimbabwean opposition MP Nelson Chamisa
March 21, 2007
On 18 March 2007,
Nelson Chamisa MP from the opposition MDC (Movement for Democratic
Change) was severely assaulted on his way to Harare airport where
he was to take a flight to attend the meetings of the committees
of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels this week.
Mr Chamisa suffered a fractured skull and a detached retina and
could lose his eye. He is lying in a critical condition in a Harare
hospital under police guard.
The Bureau of the ACP-EU
Joint Parliamentary Assembly condemns the brutal attack on its colleague
Nelson Chamisa in the strongest possible terms. The JPA Bureau insists
that the perpetrators of the attack on Nelson Chamisa be brought
speedily to justice.
The incident took place
in the context of increasing political violence in Zimbabwe. In
line with what has been expressed by the President of the African
Union, the JPA Bureau urges the Government of Zimbabwe to do everything
in its power to end the violence in the country, to investigate
the attacks on opposition leaders allegedly perpetrated by the police
and security forces, and to re-establish in cooperation with the
opposition the respect of human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe
in accordance with the values of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.
A joint delegation
of the JPA intends to visit Zimbabwe to ascertain the situation
on the ground.
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