African lawyers urge AU to act

All Bar Associations in Africa last week tabled a proposal at the 9th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union heads of State and government urging South African President Thabo Mbeki to have the restoration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe put high on his mediation efforts.
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ADC lawyers Association and the East African Bar Association dispatched a high-powered delegation for the AU summit which opened Saturday to table the proposal, which was adopted at their annual general meeting held in Dar es Salaam the previous week.
The Bar Associations expressed concern at the continued systematic undermining of the judiciary and the rule of law by President Mugabe’s government. The lawyers said they were particularly shocked at the unrelenting and escalating verbal and physical attacks on human rights defenders and in particular members of the legal profession including lawyers in both private and public practice in Zimbabwe.
The highlight of the public hearing on Zimbabwe was a solidarity act by the legendary SA musician Hugh Masekela, who openly stated that Mugabe was tyrant who had outlived his usefulness. “Mugabe must resign,” said Masekela.

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