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UN Human Rights Official Awaits Response From Harare

Armed policemen keep a close eye as a bulldozer demolishes a home in Kambuzuma, Harare
The government of Zimbabwe has not yet responded to a request for information it received 11 days ago from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights about mass evictions conducted under Operation Murambatsvina, a senior U.N. Human Rights official says.

Human rights commission special rapporteur Miloon Kothari told Studio 7 that his office has been in communication with Zimbabwe's mission in Geneva, but awaits a more complete response from Harare on the scope of the operation and how displaced persons' needs are being met.

Mr. Kothari said in an interview with Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that he hopes U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will speak out publicly on Harare's mass eviction program. Mr. Kothari also said that he has received at least one report that the government is blocking access by aid workers to displaced persons.