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Human Rights Group Calls For Renewal Of Travel Sanctions Against Zimbabwe's President - 2003-01-28

The Namibian National Society for Human Rights is calling on the European Union to renew travel sanctions against Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. France has invited Mr. Mugabe to attend a Franco-African Summit next month in Paris. France says the summit would help promote democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe.

The EU travel sanctions are due to expire before the summit, and on Monday, EU foreign ministers failed to agree on renewing them. EU ambassadors will now try to reach a consensus on the matter.

But Phil ya Nagoloh, head of the Namibian National Society for Human Rights, says sanctions should remain in place because Zimbabwe’s human rights situation has worsened. He says any African leaders defending President Mugabe are “hypocritical” since NEPAD, the New Partnership for African development, calls for democracy and human rights.

From Windhoek, Mr. ya Nangoloh spoke with English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua.

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