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NEWS: Zimbabwe Upholds Diaspora Vote Ban

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posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 10:37 AM
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has thrown out a case brought to them by a group of expats demanding their right to vote. Currently the only Zimbabweans that can vote from abroad are diplomats and military members and their families. President Robert Mugabe's government says that they should return to Zimbabwe if they wish to vote.
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has thrown out a request by a group of expatriates to vote in March elections, the state-run Herald newspaper has reported.

Seven UK-based Zimbabweans challenged a law which critics say bars an estimated three million citizens living abroad from casting their ballots.

Correspondents say Zimbabweans are leaving in increasing numbers because of an economic and political crisis.

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This is just the latest tragedy to befall the citizens of Zimbabwe. If ever international intervention was justified it would be for this country. From the government condoned usurping of white land owners property to human rights attrocities, the justifications for international action are many.

Zimbabwe has not even registered on the international radar for most countries. Its Britain that has kept the spot light on Mugabe and his actions because of the two countries history.

There needs to be action taken against Mugabe. A democractic removal of his regime is impossible now that he's made those citizens who are able to escape his reach unable to vote him out.

posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 10:44 AM
I don't know about invading the country to install a governement because they've ruled that people who fled the country and won't return can't vote.

Also, not for nothing, but its it ironic that the europeans who came to zimbabwae and took the land for themselves have now had it taken back?

I don't think there's going to be very much support for military intervention to enable them to take it back, even if it is illegal that their farms were confiscated.

posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 11:10 AM
International action shouldnt automatically equate to military action. Theres other means open to the World including criticism, resolutions and sanctions. It is ironic that these "Europeans" (actually most of them are 2nd and 3rd generation Zimbabweans) have had their land stolen from them and some have been murdered.

Just because its ironic though doesnt mean the government should condone and even encourage this kind of land grab.

Edit: The news has been picked up by Yahoo! News now here

[edit on 18/3/05 by subz]


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