Local EU Statement on the abduction of Itai Dzamara

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The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Zimbabwe:

It has now been two months since the abduction on 9 March of human rights defender and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara. The EU Delegation remains deeply concerned for his welfare and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

The EU reiterates its call on the Government of Zimbabwe to take all necessary measures to ascertain Mr Dzamara’s whereabouts, safeguard his wellbeing and accord him the full protection of the law, within its overall responsibilities of ensuring the safety of all its citizens. Furthermore, the EU calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to ensure that those responsible for the abduction of Mr Dzamara are brought to justice.

We urge the Zimbabwean authorities to provide regular and thorough progress reports on their search for Mr Dzamara (as ordered by the High Court in March). We will continue to watch progress on this case closely. Human Rights remain a pillar of all our bilateral relationships.

The Embassies of Norway and Switzerland associate themselves with this statement.