Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Australia rolls back Zim sanctions

11 March 2013, 11:32

Sydney - Australia said on Monday it would lift sanctions on 55 prominent Zimbabweans in response to the announcement of a referendum on a new constitution ahead of July elections.

Foreign minister Bob Carr said the group included members of the judiciary and media, provincial governors and leading business figures as well as a number of politicians from Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

"These individuals are not considered to be hindering democratic reforms or undermining the ultimate goal of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, nor are they thought to be involved in human rights abuses," Carr said.

"I'm pleased to be able to lift these sanctions and look forward to further democratic reforms in Zimbabwe."

It follows similar steps last month by the European Union and forms part of a phased roll-back of sanctions by Australia which will be extended once the referendum, due on 16 March, is held in a "peaceful and credible" fashion.

Once a free and fair election is held and a democratically-elected government replaces the shaky coalition between veteran leader Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Carr said additional steps would be taken.

Any regressive developments, including derailing of the election process or a return to violence, would see sanctions ramped back up.

There are 98 individuals and four entities still facing travel and financial bans from Australia, as well as a general arms embargo and prohibition on military links.

Mugabe's Zanu-PF denounced the lifting of EU sanctions as a "self-serving initiative meant to advance the economic interests of Western nations".



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...