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Procedura : 2008/2566(RSP)
Ciclo di vita in Aula
Ciclo del documento : B6-0187/2008

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Discussioni :

PV 24/04/2008 - 12.1
CRE 24/04/2008 - 12.1

Votazioni :

PV 24/04/2008 - 13.1
CRE 24/04/2008 - 13.1

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0185/2008
22 April 2008
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Geoffrey Van Orden, Urszula Gacek, Charles Tannock, Bernd Posselt, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Tunne Kelam
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on Zimbabwe
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Zimbabwe 

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolutions of 16 December 2004, 7 July 2005, 6 September 2006, and 26 April 2007 on Zimbabwe,

– having regard to Council Common Position 2008/135/CFSP of 18 February 2008 renewing the restrictive measures against Zimbabwe imposed under Common Position 2004/161/CFSP, until 20 February 2009,

- having regard to the Emergency SADC Summit of 12 April 2008,

- having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas elections to the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe, the Senate of Zimbabwe, the Presidency, and the organs of local government took place on 29 March 2008,

B.  whereas the results of the Presidential Elections have yet to be declared, and the results of elections to the Parliament of Zimbabwe have yet to be fully declared,

C.  whereas on 14 April 2008 Zimbabwe's High Court rejected an urgent demand by the opposition group Movement for Democratic Change for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to declare the results of the Presidential Elections,

D.  whereas on 12 April 2008 the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that it would recount in 23 Presidential Election Constituencies where the result had been challenged by the ruling party of Zanu-PF,

E.  whereas the South African Development Community (SADC) has called for the immediate publication of results,

F.  whereas the regime has again reacted with violence against the opposition, and the economic situation continues rapidly to deteriorate,

1.  Insists that the Zimbabwean people be released from the appalling tyranny that has destroyed their well-being and freedom, and that their democratic wishes at last be respected;

2.  Calls on the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission immediately to release all the original election results, to abandon the recount of ballots, and to expose actions by the regime to corrupt the integrity of the democratic process;

3.  Insists that the unadulterated results of the Presidential Elections be recognised and that urgent steps now be taken for the transition to a new President under the rules set out by the Zimbabwean Constitution and electoral code;

4.  Commends SADC for convening its Emergency Summit on 12 April 2008 and welcomes the communiqué issued by Summit leaders in which they call for the expeditious release of results from the Presidential Elections, and expresses the hope that SADC will now adopt a more active and robust position in order to hasten democratic change for the sake of the people of Zimbabwe and of the wider southern African region;

5.  Expresses its disappointment in the current stance of President Thabo Mbeki whose statement that there is "no crisis" in Zimbabwe flies in the face of stark reality, and who has singularly failed to press the case for democratic change at precisely the most critical stage;

6.  Welcomes the recent acknowledgement by South Africa's ruling African National Congress party that Zimbabwe has now entered a "state of crisis" and trusts that this will lead to positive action;

7.  Urgently calls on the African Union to use its good offices to help bring about a rapid and positive solution to the Zimbabwe crisis;

8.  Condemns in unqualified terms the brutal and unprovoked murder of the opposition activist Mr Tapiwa Mbwada on 12 April 2008, and of at least ten further protestors in intervening days, and notes with profound concern the medical treatment required after assaults on several hundred additional members of opposition parties;

9.  Deplores the arrest of almost a dozen foreign journalists in recent weeks, including that of the British Journalist Mr Clayton Michael, and the American Journalist Mr Barry Bearaik and calls for the immediate lifting of all restrictions on the freedom of the press and assembly, and for unfettered access to Zimbabwe by foreign news agencies, and calls in addition for the immediate release of the 36 citizens arrested in the course of a peaceful protest against the delayed publication of results;

10.  Congratulates the South African dockworkers for refusing to unload arms from the Chinese cargo ship An Yue Jiang which were bound for Mugabe's security forces; calls on all SADC countries to refuse unloading of the An Yue Jiang's cargo into any of their ports;

11.  Calls on the Chinese government to cease arms exports to Zimbabwe, and no longer to lend its support to the Mugabe regime;

12.  Urges men of good will within the Zanu PF regime to demonstrate their wish to participate in the future of Zimbabwe by withdrawing their support from Mugabe and co-operating with the forces of democratic change

13.  Calls on the Council and Commission to accelerate preparation of the package of measures, including urgent economic assistance, that will be put in place as soon as the democratic transformation in Zimbabwe has taken place, and to co-ordinate such measures with the wider international community;

14.  In the event that the Mugabe regime continues to frustrate the democratic process, calls on the Council as a matter of urgency to prepare further actions and restrictive measures, in order to exert more effective pressure for change;

15.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, the governments of the G8 countries, the governments and parliaments of Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chairmen of the Commission and Executive Council of the AU, the Pan-African Parliament, and the Secretary-General and governments of the SADC.

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