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Friday, 27 April 2012
A case has been lodged at the General Court of Justice of the European Union challenging the continued economic sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe. Lodging the case in Brussels on Tuesday morning was Dr David Matsanga, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Africa World Media
Speaking to journalists soon after returning to London from Brussels, Dr Matsanga said he had been forced to seek a judicial ruling on the illegibility of the sanctions after visiting Zimbabwe and witnessing the problems economic sanctions against Zimbabwe are causing to the ordinary person in Zimbabwe.
Dr Matsanga, who is also the CEO ofThe London Evening Post, said he is seeking to have all travel bans imposed on leading Zimbabwean politicians annulled. He said the travel and visa bans imposed on the Zimbabwe leadership, go against the provisions of the African Charter on human rights which give individuals an express right of freedom of movement and residence within the borders of a state. At the same time, he is asking the EU General Court to order that Zimbabwe be compensated for the economic loss and related incidents caused by the EU sanctions.
He told the general Court that Zimbabwe’s ability to reschedule her loan payments and to apply for debt cancellation in terms of severe financial crisis had been severely affected by the economic sanctions imposed on her. Dr Matsanga added that Zimbabwe’s credit and investment rating had been severely affected as wel
Matsanga charged that imposing sanctions on members of ZANU-PF and other officials working for the Mugabe regime. Sanctions against ZANU-PF aimed at bringing down the Mugabe regime, had not been made in the best interest of democracy or people’s will. “By doing so, Western powers continue to disregard key regional bodies such as the African Union,” Dr Matsanga said, adding that nor does this accelerate the political and socio economic integration of the continent as envisaged by the African Union.
He argued that economic sanctions against Zimbabwe had caused a breakdown of the Zimbabwean economy due to lack of foreign investors and the dollarization of the market leading to lack of affordable health care, quality education, joblessness and millions of innocent people continue to lose their lives from HIV/AIDS and malaria.
source of story -London evening post
Dr Matsanga said generally, sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe go against the spirit of the constitutive Act of the African Union whose objective is to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights.