US concerned about Zimbabwe political arrests

By REUTERS
March 4, 2011 00:37

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday warned Zimbabwe it was monitoring a string of recent politically motivated arrests in the country and demanded Harare hold accountable anyone found to have tortured detainees.

"The United States is concerned about recent arrests in Zimbabwe targeting political and civil society activists," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement.

Crowley cited the Feb. 19 arrest of 46 political activists accused of plotting anti-government protests similar to those that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as other recent arrests.

"In some of those incidents, activists claimed to have been tortured," Crowley said.

"We call on the government to provide medical attention for those who need it and, if torture occurred, to take immediate action to hold the perpetrators accountable."

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