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Zimbabwe president challenges UN report on demolitions of illegal structures

[JURIST] A pro-government Harare paper said Wednesday that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe told reporters that special UN envoy Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka confessed to him that she was under pressure to produce an unfavorable report on the 6-week government ordered demolition of illegal homes and businesses in the nation, also known as "Operation Murambatsvina" or (in English) "Operation Restore Order" [JURIST report]. Tibaijuka's report [PDF], released Friday, indicates that thousands of structures were destroyed and nearly 700,000 people were left homeless. During a UN Security Council briefing [UN News report; press briefing] on the report Wednesday, Tibaijuka defended the integrity of her report and insisted it was "objective" and that the "methodology used is all spelled out". Access video of today's briefing here. Reuters has more.

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