By Peter Bolder|
The European Union has blasted the Zimbabwean government for failing to make significant headway in their court-orderd efforts to locate missing pro-democracy activist and Occupy Africa Unity Square leader Itai Dzamara.
In a statement Tuesday marking three months since Dzamara was abducted from a Glen View 7, Harare barber by five men suspected to be state security agents, the EU warned that the case could affect bilateral relations.
Western diplomats told Now Daily exclusively that the bloc was using the Dzamara issue as a ‘test case” about the rule of law in Zimbabwe ad would not back down until Dzamara was found – alive or dead.
On Sunday, MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai will join thousands of Zimbabweans for a prayer vigil over the missing activist, who addressed the former prime minister’s rally just two days before he was kidnapped.
The EU issued the following statement:
DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
Local EU Statement on the abduction of Itai Dzamara.
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Zimbabwe:
It has now been three months since the abduction of human rights defender and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara, on 9 March. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. The EU is increasingly concerned about the lack of progress made by the authorities in this case and recalls the legal obligation for the Zimbabwean authorities to provide regular and thorough progress reports on their search for Mr Dzamara, as reminded by the High Court.
The EU once again reiterates its call on the Government of Zimbabwe to take all necessary measures to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts, safeguard his well-being and accord him the full protection of the law, within its overall responsibilities of ensuring the safety of all its citizens. It is for the Zimbabwean authorities to ensure that those responsible for the abduction of Mr Dzamara are brought to justice. The EU will continue to watch progress on this case closely. Human Rights remain a pillar of all our bilateral relationships.
The Embassies of Norway and Switzerland associate themselves with this statement.