The African Union should not endorse Zimbabwe’s sham presidential runoff election on June 27, Human Rights Watch said June 25. AU leaders should intervene to bring an immediate end to massive state-sponsored human rights abuses and enable democratic reform, HRW said. In the past few days, Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF has increased its violent attacks on members and supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Continuing attacks as well as increasing restrictions on campaigning have forced the MDC to withdraw from the elections. ZANU-PF has stated it will go ahead with the elections. (Reuters)

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