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Cablegate: Tip Interim Assessment: Stagnation in Zimbabwe

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DE RUEHSB #1030 3231604
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 181604Z NOV 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3702
INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
RUEHAR/AMEMBASSY ACCRA 2435
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 2553
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 1053
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 1829
RUEHDK/AMEMBASSY DAKAR 2184
RUEHKM/AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 2609
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 5037

UNCLAS HARARE 001030

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

AF/S FOR B. WALCH
DRL FOR N. WILETT
TIP FOR R. YOUSEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM KTIP KCRM KWMN PGOV SMIG ZI
SUBJECT: TIP INTERIM ASSESSMENT: STAGNATION IN ZIMBABWE

REF: A. STATE 110849
B. HARARE 3109

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SUMMARY
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1. (SBU) As political negotiations continue, much government
activity has come to a standstill. Not surprisingly, given
the depth and breadth of Zimbabwe's serious economic, food,
employment, and political problems, anti-trafficking efforts
by the government have taken a back seat to other issues.
IOM remains active and successfully implements programs with
the government's approval and involvement, but the push to
deter trafficking remains with the non-governmental
organizations. Until a new government takes shape,
anti-trafficking efforts and legislation, like other pressing
issues, will continue to be ignored. END SUMMARY.

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No New Legislation, Prosecutions
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2. (SBU) So far in 2008, parliament has been largely
ineffective. Parliament only sat for a few sessions at the
beginning of the year, and then dealt primarily with
election-related legislation leading up to the March 29
harmonized elections. The victorious parliamentarians were
not sworn in until September, and then parliament did not
convene to conduct business until mid-October. Consequently,
it has made no progress in 2008 in drafting or implementing
anti-trafficking legislations.

3. (SBU) The GOZ has made no progress to date in combating
trafficking in persons. There have been no new arrests,
investigations, or prosecutions of traffickers since April
2008.

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IOM leads Anti-Trafficking Efforts
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4. (SBU) The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
continues to sponsor the successful "Stop the Traffic"
campaign that includes radio, TV, and billboard
advertisements warning against trafficking. IOM, together
with the Zimbabwean NGO Oasis Zimbabwe, was due to launch an
anti-trafficking toll-free hotline on October 31.
Unfortunately, the ceremony was canceled at the government's
request because no official was available to attend. The
ceremony was re-scheduled for December 6. The hotline has
begun to operate, but it has not yet been fully advertised.
IOM has provided training in different areas for officials
from four different sectors: law enforcement officials (4
workshops), social service providers (3 workshops),
faith-based organizations (3 workshops), and health/hygiene
provision (3 workshops). IOM also has two reception centers
for Zimbabweans returning from South Africa (at Beitbridge)
and Botswana (at Plumtree) where it sponsors dramas that warn
against trafficking.

5. (SBU) IOM continues to provide direct assistance to
victims of trafficking. To date this year, it has assisted
23 victims, mostly women and children, who have been
subjected to sexual exploitation and/or forced labor. IOM
reports that it receives many requests from Zimbabweans
asking for verification of job offers received from overseas.
IOM hopes the new hotline will provide a streamlined way to
assist these potential trafficking victims.

McGee

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