Evicted white farmers to launch ‘international’ legal action against Zimbabwe

Evicted white farmers to launch ‘international’ legal action against Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Daily

White farmers whose farms were forcibly taken over by supporters of President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe say they have “launched a new international legal initiative to seek justice and compensation”.

“Dispossessed Zimbabwean commercial farmers have launched a new international legal initiative to seek justice and compensation for the loss of their farms and livelihoods, and to stop the ongoing farm seizures which are ravaging the economy,” said Ben Freeth, spokesperson for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal Rights Watch, Zimbabwe, in a weekend press statement.

The chaotic fast tracked land reform in 2000, that was often violent, saw thousands of white commercial farmers ejected from the land and their workers displaced.

Only a few hundred of the 4 500 white farmers still remain on their farms in Zimbabwe.

Since their eviction these farmers have mounted various legal initiatives to either get the farms back or get compensation.

Freeth said on August 16 and 17, 2017 formal notices to initiate proceedings were served by the farmers’ legal team on President Mugabe, three cabinet ministers and the Zimbabwean government collectively under the SADC finance and investment protocol.

He said South African civil rights group, AfriForum, was assisting the Zimbabwean farmers in this legal initiative to invoke the legal protections of the SADC finance and investment protocol.
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Video: Truth about Zimbabwe Land Reform and how Britain betrayed Robert Mugabe by ambassador Andrew Young
Andrew Young, 1977 USA congressman and ambassador to the United Nations secured negotiations leading to the Lancaster House talks and Lancaster House agreement where Britain committed to pay Zimbabwe US$1 Billion and America committed to pay US$750 million to fund land reallocation and compensate white farmers in Zimbabwe.
Britain failed to honour the Lancaster House agreement, resulting later in chaotic land redistribution in Zimbabwe.

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