Two Human Rights experts at the United Nations, Mr Idriss Jazairy and Mr Alfred de Zayas in November 2017 called for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe saying that they were affecting the ordinary citizens.
Back then, they said that the departure of former President Robert Mugabe marked a new era that should be based on the rule of law. They added:
However, this cannot happen under the shadow of economic coercion. Sanctions have been in place since the early part of this century, and have led only to the suffering of ordinary people rather than bringing about political change. Now is the time for political dialogue, and the restoration of a functioning economy.
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The human rights of ordinary Zimbabweans suffer greatly from the consequences of sanctions and we urge the international community to lift them.
They also said that the sanctions could not be “limited” or “targeted”, as the people and companies affected represented the vast majority of the economy which is heavily concentrated in particular sectors.
The views of these experts are particularly important at this juncture when the nation is divided over the 25 October Anti-Sanctions march which the opposition MDC and the Western community deem a waste of both time and resources whilst the ruling ZANU PF and SADC, on the other hand, are saying the removal of sanctions is necessary.