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David Miliband(Archived), London
On 16 October the Movement for Democratic Change disengaged from the inclusive government in Zimbabwe. Since then there has been an increase in ZANU-PF-orchestrated violence and human rights abuses.
In particular, ZANU-PF has targeted civil society activists, MDC members, farm workers and trade union leaders. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and to urge the Government of Zimbabwe to comply with international human rights standards - including by guaranteeing a fair trial for those prosecuted.
The Southern African region has a key role to play. I urge it to assume responsibility for supporting implementation of the Global Political Agreement, including the provisions aimed at restoring democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The outcomes of the regional Maputo Summit on 5 November are encouraging - leaders signalled their clear support for reform in Zimbabwe, and the MDC re-engaged with the inclusive government. South Africa and the region need to remain committed to the goal of a reformed Zimbabwe.
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