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Zimbabwe / G-8 - 2002-06-26


As the G-8 countries meet near Calgary, non-governmental organizations are calling on them to intervene in Zimbabwe.

The “Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition,” said to represent hundreds of civil society organizations in Zimbabwe, has released a new report highlighting reported incidents of repression, lawlessness and violence.

Among those supporting the coalition is South Africa’s Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. It says Zimbabwe is a test case for NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which calls for democracy, good governance, human rights and sound economic management.

Bea Abrahams, the group’s Africa manager, says international intervention is needed to help restore the rule of law in Zimbabwe. She says the G-8 summit is yet another opportunity to draw attention to the political crisis there. Ms. Abrahams spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua.

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