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Zimbabwe: Crimes of Violence

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 125007, tabled on 25 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart on the provision of justice for the victims of the Matabeleland Massacres in 1982-1987.

Answered on

1 February 2018

The UK condemns the brutal suppression in Matabeleland in the 1980s and supports the process of truth and reconciliation envisaged under the Zimbabwean constitution. This would allow the historical record to be established and victims of political and ethnic violence and their relatives to feel some justice has been served.

Accordingly, we welcome President Mnangagwa’s recent signing of the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill and his appointment of a Vice President with responsibility for reconciliation. Officials regularly raise this issue with the Government of Zimbabwe.