UN Rapporteur Calls for Dialogue in Zimbabwe to Clear ‘Toxic Environment’

Posted on September 27, 2019 12:52 pm

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U.N. Special Rapporteur Clement Voule, who returned Friday from a 10-day visit to Zimbabwe,  called for dialogue to clear a “toxic environment” in the southern African country.

Voule’s trip was the first official visit by an independent human rights expert to Zimbabwe, where for years, rights groups have accused government security forces and ruling party thugs of beating, torturing and killing opponents. 

“The toxic environment, I raised this many times in my meetings with government officials,” Voule told VOA, adding that there was a “general fear” and “lack of trust” regarding freedom of peaceful assembly. 

“In many of my discussions with victims of