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IBA report lacked facts

I WRITE to commend you for carrying an insert of the International Bar Association (IBA) in your issue of December 10 on the occasion of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It tells it like it is.

I hope the IBA pull-out will be widely read and acted upon. However, I have two criticisms of its contents, both of them in respect of statements in the introductory paragraphs on page 2.

It does not state that the (draft) resolution was voted upon and rejected by 92 votes to 72, with South Africa leading the developing countries in the negative vote.

Right-thinking people around the world criticise what happens daily in Zimbabwe whilst other African heads of state tacitly endorse and support President Mugabe’s methods of rule.

Witness the Sadc meeting in Mauritius in August when Mauritian premier Paul Berenger, the new chairman, introduced a new set of requirements to ensure free and fair elections which were agreed to by all present including President Mugabe.

But now Berenger has become a devotee of Mbeki’s “quiet diplomacy” in respect of the forthcoming Zimbabwean elections which will be organised exactly as President Mugabe dictates.

PNR Silversides,


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