African countries call on US to remove illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe observed 'Anti-Sanctions Day' last month, which was set aside by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to be marked every year on October 25.
In 2019, the 39th SADC summit designated 'Anti-Sanctions Day' to show solidarity with Zimbabwe.
In October, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat,renewed the bloc's demand for the immediate and unconditional removal of sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe.
“The Chairperson remains concerned by the negative impact of continued sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe to the country’s socio-economic development and recovery efforts,” Faki Mahamat said in a statement.
China also recently condemned the United States for maintaining its 20-year-old sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying the embargo has damaged the southern African country's economy.
This year's events coincided with the presence in the country of the United Nations special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on human rights, Alena Douhan, who is on a fact-finding mission.
The US, United Kingdom and European Union (EU) missions used the day to push back against claims by Harare that their restrictive measures had impoverished the once prosperous country.
The US has imposed sanctions against dozens of Zimbabwean politicians, politically connected businessmen and security chiefs linked to rights abuses.
After pulling out of the EU, the UK also started imposing sanctions on Zimbabwean security chiefs accused of human rights violations and a businessman that London said was corruptly benefiting from government tenders.