United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Harriet Baldwin said her country will not be able to support Zimbabwe’s application to be readmitted into the Commonwealth.
She said this when she appeared before the British Parliament’s International Development Committee. Said Baldwin:
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Zimbabwe has written a letter to the common wealth secretary as with many other countries, I would to say that the UK is one of the members of the common wealth, clearly, it has to be a unanimous decision by 53 members but as of today the UK will not be able to support that application because we don’t believe that the kind of human rights violations that we have seen from security forces in Zimbabwe is the kind of behavior that we would like to see from members of the common wealth.