The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called on Zambia to investigate the incident where Zimbabwe politician Tendai Biti was returned to Zimbabwe after he was denied political asylum. The UNHCR said that this was a serious violation of international refugee law. In a statement, the UNHCR said,
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is gravely concerned about reports of the forced return of a Zimbabwean asylum-seeker by Zambia to his country of origin.
A senior Zimbabwean politician expressed the intention to seek asylum in Zambia at the border yesterday. It is reported that the authorities handed him over to his country of origin today despite a court order to the contrary.
Refoulement or forcibly returning refugees and asylum-seekers to their country of origin is a serious violation of international refugee law. UNHCR calls on Zambia to investigate this reported incident urgently.