Following the decision of the MDC to withdraw from Zimbabwe’s elections, William Hague has called for the international community to do five things:
- Withhold recognition of the Harare Government
- Widen EU sanctions on members of the regime, and enforcing them properly
- Debate Zimbabwe at the UN Security Council and calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into the grotesque abuses of human rights, with a view to future action by the International Criminal Court (see Ben Rogers on this)
- Maintain the pressure on Southern African countries to cease to prop up a regime disgracing their region (Dan Lewis notes that S Africa could turn Zimbabwe’s power off).
- Prepare an international rescue programme for when Mugabe is gone (William Hague has written on this subject for ConservativeHome).
The Shadow Foreign Secretary concluded: “This is a criminal government, and should now be treated as such.”