Special Rapporteur calls upon Zimbabwe to receive him in Harare.
Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment, Manfred Nowak, called upon the Government of Zimbabwe to receive
him in Harare and allow his A mission to go ahead as planned. On transit to Harare, the Special Rapporteur was informed, that the mission
had been postponed by the Government on 26 October 2009.
He was invited by the Government of Zimbabwe to conduct an official
fact-finding mission, from 28 October to 4 November 2009. The Government of
Zimbabwe said that regrets to advise that due to the previously unanticipated
Consultative process currently taking place in Harare involving the Government
of National Unity and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the
Government of Zimbabwe will be unable to receive the Special Rapporteur on the
proposed dates. The Special Rapporteur welcomes the SADC initiative and all efforts to
resolve the political crisis in the country.
He also said that he understands that the SADC Consultative process might
lead to certain changes in his meetings with Government officials foreseen
during his mission and offered his cooperation and flexibility to the
Government in this respect.
However, he said he fails to be convinced, however, that the Consultative
process on Thursday, 29 October should be a valid reason to cancel his
eight-day mission at such a late stage.A
Recent allegations that report that human rights defenders have been
arrested, harassed and intimidated during the past few days, highlight the
urgency of objective fact-finding by an independent UN expert at this crucial
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