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UN report condemns Zimbabwe demolitions

[JURIST] In a report [PDF text] released Friday the UN condemned [press release] "Operation Restore Order," an initiative implemented by the government of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] to reduce crime by razing urban slums. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme [official website], prepared the report following a two week tour of the country [JURIST report]. Despite British and US pressure and the report urging cessation of the demolition, the UN Security Council [JURIST report] has yet to take up the issue as several member nations have refused to allow it into their agenda. "Operation Restore Order" has resulted in over 46,000 arrests and between 330,000 and one million people have been left homeless. Reuters has more.

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