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EU renews sanctions against Zimbabwe

[JURIST] European Union [official website] foreign ministers announced Monday that the EU will renew its sanctions against the Zimbabwean government [official website] for another year. However, the ministers indicated the sanctions could be reexamined after the March 31 parliamentary elections. The sanctions were put in place after President Robert Mugabe's [BBC profile] ruling party allegedly rigged parliamentary elections in 2000 and the 2002 presidential election. The sanctions, which apply to all senior Zimbabwean officials "who commit human rights violations and restrict freedom of opinion," include a ban on arms sales, freezing of Zimbabwean assets in European banks, and travel ban on Mugabe and other government officials to EU countries. BBC News has more.

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