US Govt Explains Why It Sanctioned State Security Minister {Full Text}

Public Designation of Owen Ncube, Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act
PRESS STATEMENT

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE

OCTOBER 25, 2019

Today, the Department designates Owen Ncube under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59) due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals are ineligible for entry into the United States and may be publically or privately designated as such by the Secretary of State.

The Department has credible information that Owen Ncube was involved in gross violations of human rights in his capacity as Zimbabwe’s Minister of State for National Security.

We are deeply troubled by the Zimbabwean government’s use of state-sanctioned violence against peaceful protestors, and civil society, as well as against labour leaders and members of the opposition leaders in Zimbabwe.

We urge the government to stop the violence, investigate, and hold accountable officials responsible for human rights violations and abuses in Zimbabwe.

U.S. sanctions target those who engage in corruption, violate human rights, and undermine democratic institutions or processes.

State-sanctioned violence creates a culture of impunity for human rights abusers. The United States continues to support the Zimbabwean people in need, especially through humanitarian and health assistance.

We will continue to press the Government of Zimbabwe to implement necessary political and economic reforms to provide Zimbabwean citizens with the prosperity, security, and well-being they deserve.

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3 comments on “US Govt Explains Why It Sanctioned State Security Minister {Full Text}

    1. Thank you America for equalizing the power dynamics.

      Zanu is an atrocious entity that abuse and violate law with impunity.

      They use guns and violence against innocent citizens.

      Put the Gukurahundists on sanctions also it long overdue the matebele people need closure

      The perpetrators of Gukurahundi are known and its high time they are held accountable

      People of zimbabwe and the world should really know what happened during Gukurahundi and the victims and survivors should be allowed an international platform to speak out about their Horrendous and brutal experiences

  1. Thank you America for equalizing the power dynamics.

    Zanu is an atrocious entity that abuse and violate law with impunity.

    They use guns and violence against innocent citizens.

    Put the Gukurahundists on sanctions also its long overdue the matebele people need closure

    The perpetrators of Gukurahundi are known and its high time they are held accountable

    People of zimbabwe and the world should really know what happened during Gukurahundi and the victims and survivors should be allowed an international platform to speak out about their Horrendous and brutal experiences

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