The Heads of Mission (HOM) of Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America has issued a statement concerning the human rights violations in the country.
In a statement issued today, (28.08.20.), The heads of mission expressed their deep concerns on the economic and political situation of this country and declared that they stand with the majority.
“Two years ago in his inaugural speech, President Mnangagwa vowed to serve the country and all of its people. It is in this spirit that the Heads of Mission express their deep concern with the current political, economic, social, and health crisis that most Zimbabweans are facing today.
“The Heads of Mission stand by the people of Zimbabwe in their desire for a peaceful and prosperous democracy. It is because we care about the people of Zimbabwe that our governments provide extensive humanitarian assistance to those affected by drought, natural disasters, and disease —including, in this difficult year, the new global pandemic of COVID-19.” They said.
Further more, the HOM showed their concern on the tough restrictions the government is imposing on citizens as ways to curb the corona virus.
“But COVID-19 must not be used as an excuse to restrict citizens’ fundamental freedoms. Freedom of the press, of opinion, of expression, and of assembly are all universally recognised human rights and are guaranteed by the Zimbabwean Constitution. The government also has a responsibility to investigate and prosecute those responsible for violating human rights.
“The Heads of Mission further reiterate their calls for the government to address corruption and the illicit extraction of Zimbabwe’s wealth for personal gain, which continue to undermine Zimbabwe’s development and the well-being of its people. If Zimbabwe is to reach its potential, its wealth and resources must be used to serve all Zimbabweans.” They said.
The HOM added that the government should allow freedom of expression and not always assume it to be a form of opposition so that the country may move forward.
“Finally, the Zimbabwean people have the right to engage in dialogue to build a better future for their country. But the necessary discussions have so far been hindered by unhelpful rhetoric and blame assigned to several groups, including diplomatic missions and non-state actors. We ask the government to move away from such language and instead to deliver on its long-promised reforms and reach across the divides. Implemented to the benefit of all, they will teaks a difference to the life of all Zimbabweans.
“We hope this government is able to deliver on its initial vision and live up to the commitments it made when it came to power. As before, we stand ready to provide support in response to meaningful progress on reforms.” They said.
Head Of Mission (HOM) is the head of a diplomatic representation, such as an ambassador or a high commissioner.