U.N. gravely concerned at Zambia’s refusal of asylum for Zimbabwe’s Biti

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 9, 2018) (REUTERS) – The United Nations is gravely concerned by reports that a senior Zimbabwean politician was refused asylum in Zambia and sent back to his own country, which would be a serious violation of international law, U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesman Babar Baloch said on Thursday (August 9).

Zimbabwean police took former finance minister and opposition leader Tendai Biti into custody on Thursday after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum and deported him despite strong objections from UNHCR, Baloch said.

Baloch said sending refugees and asylum seekers back to a place where their life is in danger is “a violation of the international refugee law.”

He said UNHCR is “gravely concerned” for Biti’s safety and is trying to remain engaged with authorities in both countries.

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  • Aftermath of war
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