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International Bar Association Protests Harare Administration 'Impunity'

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute is urging international action to end what it described as "impunity” by Zimbabwean authorities.

From its London headquarters, the IBA took issue with President Robert Mugabe’s comments from Cairo earlier this week praising Zimbabwean police for beating trade union leaders who tried to lead demonstrations in Harare on September 13.

From France, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders urged Harare to respect those who involved in protecting of human rights.

Such calls come in the wake of protests outside Zimbabwean embassies worldwide by international organized labor, decrying the beatings of the union officials.

Chairman Noel Kututwa of Zimbabwe's Human Rights NGO Forum told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye that he believes recent collective actions aimed at pressuring the Harare government for reforms are having an impact.

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