Local and international civil society groups have called on Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to address human rights issues in different countries, including Zimbabwe, when they meet for their annual regional summit in Victoria Falls on Sunday.
Groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights will call a press conference Thursday and urge SADC action over rights breaches in Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland.
"...[We] will highlight the human rights concerns that SADC should be addressing in the following key member states: Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe,” the groups said.
The concern comes as President Robert Mugabe is set to take over the chairmanship of the regional bloc from Malawi at the summit.
Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya opined that the development means that Zimbabwean opposition parties that have previously benefited from Sadc intervention will no longer be entertained by the regional body.
Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya says this means Zimbabwean opposition parties that have previously benefited from SADC intervention will no longer be entertained by the regional body.