Zimbabwe: Time to Stay Tough


Face-off Mugabe swears in Tsvangirai last February

In a report released after a June visit to Zimbabwe, human-rights watchdog Amnesty International blasted the Mugabe government for continuing to oppress Zimbabweans despite promises to introduce democratic reforms and to observe the rule of law. "Persistent and serious human-rights violations, combined with the failure to introduce reform of the police, army and security forces or address impunity and the lack of clear commitment on some parts of the government, are real obstacles that need to be confronted by the top leadership of Zimbabwe," Irene Khan, Amnesty's secretary-general, said last month.

Mugabe has a long track record of...

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