BROWN CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST ZIMBABWE’S CHOLERA


Gordon Brown has urged the world to tell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe “enough is enough” amid growing concern over the country’s cholera outbreak. The prime minister said the crisis, which has claimed nearly 600 lives, had become an international emergency.

Government in Zimbabwe was now broken and the state was unable or unwilling to protect its people, he said. Mr Brown added that medicine would get to those who needed it, regardless of any differences with Mr Mugabe.

Mr Brown did not explicitly call for Mr Mugabe to step down, but said world leaders should stand together to defend human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe. In a statement, Mr Brown said that over the coming days the first priority would be delivering aid to Zimbabwe, such as rehydration and testing packs.

He said: “This is now an international rather than a national emergency. International because disease crosses borders.

“International because the systems of government in Zimbabwe are now broken. There is no state capable or willing of protecting its people.

“International because – not least in the week of the 60th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights – we must stand together to defend human rights and democracy, to say firmly to Mugabe that enough is enough.”

Mr Brown said he had “been in close contact with African leaders to press for stronger action to give the Zimbabwean people the government they deserve”.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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