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Rights Activists Urge Expanded African Union Role In Zimbabwe Crisis

Human rights activists said Tuesday they will present resolutions on Zimbabwe to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights when it convenes on Wednesday in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo.

The rights organizations meeting under the auspices of the African NGO Forum said they want the African Union to take a more active role resolving Zimbabwe's crisis and to engage the opposition as well as the ruling party. They demanded that Harare halt what they allege is torture of human rights campaigners and opposition figures.

Meanwhile, the Commission deferred to May the case of human rights lawyer Gabriel Shumba, who has sued the Zimbabwean government for his alleged torture. AU officials said Zimbabwe did not submit a response to the allegations.

Shumba told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the NGO resolutions will be submitted to the African Commission on Wednesday.

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