Western Sanctions: Is Zimbabwe being punished for its strong views against gay rights?

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10/24/2021

WASHINGTON – The United States has defended its two-decades-old economic sanctions against Zimbabwe saying they only targeted those that undermine democratic processes or facilitate corruption. However, analysts believe that the West’s drive for Zimbabwe constitutional reforms is centred on the right of the LGBT Community. However, some analysts says the fallout between the West and Zanu PF government is because of the later’s longstanding ties with China, Russia and Iran. Washington spoke as the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on human rights arrived in Zimbabwe to “assess the impact of punitive economic sanctions on ordinary Zimbabweans.” Belarusian Alena Douhan met President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday to begin her 10-day mission that will include meetings with top government officials. Ned Price, the US State Department spokesperson, said Washington was not responsible for Zimbabwe’s economic collapse. Ned Price himself is gay and so are many in Joe Biden’s Administration. Analysts believe that Zimbabwe is being targeted for its strong anti-gay position.

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