July 27, 2012
The European Union believes that resuming aid to Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and lifting certain sanctions will build momentum for long-term reform.
Such thinking is misguided, The Heritage Foundation’s Morgan Roach explains:
Under the unity government, Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have continued to abuse power and violate the rule of law. Considering that the draft constitution is viewed as a flawed document that makes too many concessions to ZANU-PF, the EU is rewarding the regime for complying with an action that it is not likely to contest in the first place.
No real reforms have materialized. For example, the government continues to stifle free speech and opposition political views. And the country’s proposed new constitution will not protect basic human rights or establish a representative government.
The United States should keep its current restrictions and discourage other nations from providing aid or removing sanctions. Until Zimbabwe demonstrates real commitment to reform, the US itself should continue to demand changes.
What do you thing the US should do about Zimbabwe?