SANCTIONS AGAINST ZIMBABWE
[25th October 2019]
October 25th is a public holiday
The subject of sanctions is in everyone’s mind as the government has declared today a public holiday to mark anti-sanctions day. The SADC summit of August 2019 in Tanzania declared 25th October as the day on which “SADC Member States can collectively voice their disapproval of the sanctions [on Zimbabwe] through various activities and platforms until the sanctions are lifted”.
Many news outlets have been writing articles about sanctions, often incorporating some facts and large doses of fiction. Also sanctions have frequently been called illegal by the Government and blamed by the Government for Zimbabwe’s economic decline.
What then are the “sanctions” imposed by the EU and US, and are they illegal? It is time for a dispassionate and objective analysis of these questions.
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