SNP MEP Alyn Smith has pressed the EU to condemn homophobic attacks in Zimbabwe.
“There is deeply troubling reports emerging from Zimbabwe and the European Union must be quick to step up the pressure on Mr Mugabe’s government to halt this persecution of LGBT people in the country.
“I have written to High Representative Ashton today urging her to come down harshly on Zimbabwe and to make it clear that these sort of government actions must be brought swiftly to an end.
“Robert Mugabe’s regime is continuing to be one of the most ghastly in the world, consistently betraying human rights and defying democracy, his government thugs seem to act with impunity and to indulge their own gross prejudices right across Zimbabwean society. Minorities need protection from oppressive governments and the EU has a moral duty to act.”