Deportation of Biti back to Zimbabwe against international law – UN

By Staff Reporter

 

The United Nations says it is greatly concerned with the violation of international law by the Zambian government following the deportation of Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti last week.

 

In a televised statement on Africa LIVE, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq on Thursday said it was a violation of human rights to have handed Biti to Zimbabwean authorities when he was seeking asylum.

 

A senior Zimbabwean politician expressed interest to seek asylum in Zambia …. it is reported that the authorities handed him over to the country of origin today ….. returning refugees in the asylum seekers to the country of origin is a serious violation of the refugee international law,” .

 

UNHCR has asked Zambia to investigate the matter.

Biti on Wednesday crossed into Zambia at Chirundu border post but was detained by the Zambian immigration officials before he was handed back to Zimbabwean authorities the following day.

Biti was being accused of inciting post election violence in Zimbabwe after Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zanu-PF retained power against MDC alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.