RFK Center holds round table on Zimbabwe
(2012-07-14) On Thursday, July 12, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights held a round table discussion with Jameson Timba, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office of Zimbabwe and chief political advisor to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. A range of vested stakeholders from the human rights community in Washington, DC attended the gathering to hear timely insights on Zimbabwe's current political situation and the prospects for a democratic transition in light of the country’s upcoming election. Among the primary topics discussed was progress made on necessary reforms in the country, including a new draft constitution and reform of major state institutions such as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Also topping the list was Zimbabwe's increasingly close and troubling relationship with China, which includes lucrative deals to extract diamonds from the country's Marange diamond fields— the proceeds of which have largely bypassed the state treasury and are believed to be lining the pockets of Zimbabwe’s partisan military and ZANU PF leaders.
Read more about the issue on Voice of America and listen to an interview with RFK Partners for Human Rights advocacy officer Jeffrey T. Smith.