Johannesburg – The human rights situation in Zimbabwe is to be assessed this week by the UN Special Rapporteur Clement Voule, who is the first independent human rights expert to visit the country.
The 10-day visit comes as Zimbabwe's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr SB Moyo calls for an investigation into the growing number of politically-motivated abductions.
Voule will assess, among other issues, the continuing abduction of human rights activists and union leaders and the implementation of protection and freedom of association and peaceful assembly.
Doctors and nurses are currently on strike and protesting the disappearance of Doctor Peter Gabriel Magombeyi, acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), a union that represents health workers.
Dr Magombeyi sent a message to colleagues on Saturday saying he was being abducted by unknown persons.