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    ‘Friends of Zimbabwe’ Brussels Statement

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    European Union External Action Service, 28 June 2011 Statement by ‘Friends of Zimbabwe’ Encouraged by stronger regional engagement, we met in Brussels on 28 June 2011 to reiterate our continued commitment and support for a prosperous and democratic Zimbabwe.

    Editor of independent Zim newspaper arrested

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 29 June 2011 Zimbabwe police on Wednesday arrested the editor of the Standard newspaper and a reporter after a weekend report on the arrest of a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Cabinet minister.

    Human Rights Watch Tells Consumers to Refuse Zimbabwe Diamonds

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Bloomberg, June 29 2011 Human Rights Watch called on governments, companies and consumers to refuse to buy Zimbabwe diamonds until all members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme agree the country is protecting people’s rights. The Kimberley Process, which was created in 2003 to prevent so-called “blood diamonds” from financing conflict, said on June 23 [...]

    ACTSA calls for an end to violence in Zimbabwe on third anniversary of Presidential run-off

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    ACTSA Press Release On 27 June Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) marked the third anniversary of Zimbabwe’s fateful 2008 presidential ‘run-off’ election with a vigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. The vigil was attended by ACTSA supporters, members of the Zimbabwean diaspora and representatives of many of Britain’s main trade unions. ACTSA presented the Embassy with [...]

    ARV shortage in Swaziland a ‘death sentence’ for thousands

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 28 June 2011 Cash-strapped Swaziland’s state hospitals have only two months’ supplies of antiretroviral drugs, the country’s health minister has told Parliament in an assessment that Aids patients and activists took as a death sentence.

    Zimbabwe Minister Mangoma cleared of corruption

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    BBC, 28 June 2011 Zimbabwe’s Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has been acquitted of corruption charges. He was tried over a multi-million dollar fuel deal negotiated with a South African company. The High Court in Harare ruled that Mr Mangoma did not benefit from the deal and did not flout tender procedures.

    Solidarity message: Stop the violence in Zimbabwe now!

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    Message from the Civil Service Employees Association of Zimbabwe (CSEA) to ACTSA’s Stop the violence vigil on 27 June. CSEA works closely with Unison, the public service union.

    Tributes to Kader Asmal

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    The Irish Independent Kader Asmal, who died on June 22, 2011, aged 76, was founder and leader of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement and was a member of Nelson Mandela’s first democratically elected government of South Africa.

    Zimbabwe diamonds: Kimberley Process approves sales

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    BBC, 24 June 2011 Zimbabwe has controversially been given the go-ahead to sell diamonds from its rich Marange mines. The industry’s leading certification system, known as the Kimberley Process, was split over the decision.

    SACU to meet about Swaziland

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    Swazi Media Commentary, 24 June 2011 An emergency meeting is to be held by Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) senior officials in Pretoria today (24 June 2011) to discuss a plan to give financial assistance to Swaziland.

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