HARARE - United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on Friday called for Western nations to suspend sanctions against Zimbabwe.
She was speaking at the close of her five-day visit to the Southern African state.
Pillay’s statement was what both sides of the power-sharing government were waiting for, however Zanu-PF officials will not be totally happy with her findings.
She feels that sanctions could have unintended side effects on the Zimbabwe’s poorest populations.
The former South African high court judge also slammed the ongoing harassment of political activists.
She called on officials to amend Zimbabwe’s tough press and security laws.
Pillay said the harassment of political activists was "deeply worrying".
In her statement, the UN rights chief said laws that criminalise insults against the president must be repealed.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma told the African Diaspora Summit that the continent needs to find ways to solve political and economic problems.
Mugabe was part of the audience at the summit held in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.
Zuma said Africa needs to focus on the science and technology.
“Together, we are faced with the challenge of defeating the political and economic conditions that condemned the majority of our fellow humans, to the conditions similar to the ones on the slave ships.”
(Edited by Zethu Zulu)