UN rights chief meets with Mugabe
The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights held a meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner on Human Rights held a meeting with President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday morning.
Navi Pillay is on a five-day trip to Zimbabwe at the invitation of Zanu-PF officials.
Mugabe's government wants Pillay to clear it of major human rights abuses.
Pillay met with the Zimbabwean president at his official residence.
The UN rights chief urged Mugabe to make sure the next polls are violence-free.
During the 2008 presidential elections, some 200 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters were killed in political violence.
Opposition officials are worried that violence could erupt as the next elections draw closer.
Late on Tuesday, Pillay met with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
She is due to compile a report when her trip ends on Friday.
Zanu-PF wants her to identify Western sanctions as an abuse of human rights.
Mugabe and 112 Zimbabwean officials are subject to European Union (EU) sanctions.
In February, Brussels said it wanted to see further progress in Zimbabwe, before sanctions were lifted.