Report by UN rights chief is unfair - Zim minister

The report by a UN human rights chief relies on unproven media reports, a Zimbabwean minister said.

UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's justice minister says a hard-hitting report by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights is an unfair one because it relies on unsupported media reports on human rights abuses.

Navi Pillay spent five days in Zimbabwe, at the invitation of President Robert Mugabe's side of the government. She spoke to locals, including officials from both sides of the power-sharing government.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Zimbabwe is not a perfect country, and that no country is.

He accused Pillay of regurgitating media reports that lack proof, about the human rights situation there.

Chinamasa said the country would not co-operate with reports based on such information.

In a report issued at the end of her five-day mission on Friday, Pillay called for the suspension of Western sanctions.

But she said the continued harassment, intimidation and restriction of political party activists was "deeply worrying".

Mugabe and 112 Zimbabwean officials are subject to Western sanctions.