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  • Britain Zimbabwe Society Research Day – 20 June, Oxford

    By admin | June 11, 2015

    This year’s Britain Zimbabwe Society research day will be held on Saturday 20 June 2015 at St. Antony’s College in Oxford. The theme of the research day is ‘Religion, Education and Economy in Zimbabwe and the Diasporas’. For more information and to register, please see: http://www.britain-zimbabwe.org.uk.

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    EU Parliament condemns disappearance of human rights activist and urges Zimbabwe government to find him

    By Fiona | May 22, 2015

    The European Union (EU) parliament passed a resolution supported by all its political groupings on 21 May condemning the abduction of Itai Dzamara, a prominent human rights activist, on 9 March and urging the Zimbabwe government to take all necessary measures to find him.

    Itai Dzamara was a leader of the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement and critical of the Zimbabwe government. He was abducted by five unidentified men in broad daylight. The High Court ordered the Zimbabwean authorities on 13 March to search for Mr Dzamara and report progress to the court every two weeks until his whereabouts are determined. This has been ignored by the authorities.

    The resolution adopted by the EU parliament as well as condemning the disappearance of Itai Dzamara and calling for him to be found expressed deep concern of reports of increasing political violence, harassment of political opposition and that since the adoption of a new constitution and election in 2013 little progress has been made towards reforming the human rights environment.

    The EU has recently resumed its bilateral aid programme with the Zimbabwe government and has agreed an indicative programme of 234 million euros to reduce poverty, promote development and democracy.

    The EU parliament resolution asks the EU to step up its political dialogue on human rights on the basis of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, and notably to encourage the government to repeal or appropriately amend the Public Order and Security Act and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, in order to bring an end to their abuse.


    See: http://zimbabweeurope.org/european-parliament-condemns-disappearance-of-itai-dzamara/



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    Labour MEPs: EU must act against “intolerable” human rights abuses in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 24, 2015

    European Parliamentary Labour Party

    Following reprisal measures taken against Swazi prisoner of conscience and trade unionist Thulani Maseko, Labour MEPs have urged the EU to act against intolerable human rights abuses in Swaziland.

    Mr Maseko, a lawyer working for the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Anti-gay attacks on the rise in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 20, 2015

    By Jabu Pereira, Mail and Guardian

    Kaylo Glover a young lesbian from Nhlangano, Swaziland, stepped into a bar with her friends on the early hours of Sunday morning. She was killed by an enraged man who did not want to be in the presence of lesbians. He left the bar, fetched an Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: State of Nation Address on 12 February marred by removal of some and jamming of cell phone signal

    By Tony | February 16, 2015

    President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address on 12 February. It has been a set piece event with no questions but this year was Read the rest of this entry »

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    25th Anniversary of the Release of Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | February 11, 2015

    Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba

    Source: The Presidency

    Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.

    This day therefore marked a giant Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: President Mugabe becomes Chair of the African Union – EU lifts travel ban

    By Tony | February 4, 2015

    President Mugabe, assumed the chair of the African Union on 30 January. The European Union (EU) announced on 2 February the travel ban it had imposed in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zambia Presidential by-election. New President by slim margin in low turnout

    By Tony | January 26, 2015

    Zambia held a presidential by-election on 20 January due to the death whilst in office of President Michael Sata on 28 October 2014. The poll had to be held within Read the rest of this entry »

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    Terence Ranger dies

    By Tony | January 7, 2015

    Terence Ranger, historian of Zimbabwe, dies read obituary by Ian Scoones in The Zimbabwean

    Over the weekend, we learned the sad news that Terence Ranger, the well-known historian of Zimbabwe, had died at his
    home in Oxford aged Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS needs remobilising

    By Mark | December 1, 2014

    Source: New Statesman
    By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

    Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders. 

    It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »

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