UN Rights Chief to Visit Zim
She was supposed to have visited in early February but her trip was abruptly cancelled with the Zimbabwean government claiming that she was engaged elsewhere.
“UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will also on 20 May begin the first ever mission by a UN Human Rights chief to Zimbabwe, at the invitation of the Government,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Thursday”.
Pillay is due to meet President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Legal Affairs and other ministers, as well as the Chief Justice, the Speaker of Parliament, President of Senate and Thematic Committee of Human Rights.”
She will also meet the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and members of civil society in the country on her highly anticipated trip.
Her office said she is also considering a number field visits within and outside Harare, including to the Marange Diamond Fields.
The South African has in the past raised concern over the rising human rights abuses in the country and called for the restoration rule of law and address abuses committed against Zimbabwean citizens.