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US Ambassador “Never heard” of any persecutions of catholic priests in Zimbabwe 0

BRUSSELS – “I have never heard of any recent persecutions of catholic priests in Zimbabwe”. This is what Charles A. Ray, the U.S. Ambassador in Harare said to Afronline.org when interviewed about persecutions of catholic priests revealed by the catholic British magazine The Tablet.

The priests declared they had been arrested and some of them had been tortured by the police force connected to the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), the party of the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. “At the embassy we have a human rights advisor” said Ray while in Brussels for a “Friends of Zimbabwe” meeting with representatives of the EU and other countries. “But since I became ambassador in 2009, I have never received any reports about arbitrary arrests and torture of catholic priests”.

This is not the first time that catholic priests face persecutions by Robert Mugabe’s entourage. The former Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, who received a Human Rights Award from Human Rights First for speaking out against torture and confronting the Mugabe government for starving certain regions of Zimbabwe for political reasons, received many death threats for his activities. In 2007, Ncube had been forced to resign after a Bulawayo man filed a $30 billion lwasuit against him for adukltery.

Read The Tablet’s report

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