MOZAMBICAN GOVT FORMS TEAM TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED ABUSES

The Mozambican government is sending a team to the western province of Tete to investigate alleged violations of human rights there.

On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) promised an investigation into claims by human rights organizations that members of the defence and security forces had committed summary executions, had burnt down homes and barns in the Nkondezi area of the province and that the residents had fled to neighbouring Malawi because of these abuses.

The Council of Ministers has followed this up by forming a team led by Deputy Justice Minister Joaquim Verissimo, and including Deputy Interior Minister Jose Coimbra, to co-ordinate with the Tete provincial government to determine the nature of the human rights violations mentioned in reports in the local and foreign media.

The team must also “assess the conditions of humanitarian assistance for the Mozambicans in Malawi and ensure their return and settlement in the country”, the Council of Minister say.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the organizations which, on the basis of testimony from the refugees, denounced the alleged abuses, has welcomed the government’s decision.

Source: AIM