PRESS STATEMENT
1 July 2008

The Society of Advocates of Namibia condemns the blatant disregard for the rule of law, and the repeated human rights abuses, occurring in Zimbabwe. The rule of law and respect for human rights form the cornerstones of any democratic state and the undermining thereof carries negative consequences not only for the people of Zimbabwe, but also for the Southern African region.

The Society is concerned about the Namibian Government's silence as to the present situation in Zimbabwe, and the absence of an express and outright public condemnation of the highly questionable manner in which Mr Robert Mugabe has purportedly been re-elected as Zimbabwe's president. Whilst diplomacy has its place in international affairs, a time comes when it is imperative to speak-out against obvious and manifest wrongs, lest it be seen as a tacit condonation thereof.

The Republic of Namibia is established as a State founded upon the principles of democracy, the rule of law and justice for all. These fundamental principles should inform and permeate regional diplomacy.

ADV R HEATHCOTE
PRESIDENT