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 2009-08-17 01:31 pm Back to NEWS
Another US university strips Mugabe of degree



Another American university has stripped President Robert Mugabe of his honorary law degree it had conferred on him 22 years ago, accusing him of 'human rights violations.'

The University of Massachusetts on Wednesday said the move was the first of its kind in its 145-year history.

"Rescinding an honorary degree is a step to be taken in only the rarest and most grievous of circumstances," chairman of the schoolís board of trustees, Robert Manning, said in a statement. "(President) Robert Mugabe's performance and policies in Zimbabwe are so egregious as to warrant this ultimate expression of disapproval."

The university had awarded President Mugabe with the honorary doctorate of laws degree in October 1986 for his ìexemplary devotion to social justice.î

At the time, the university's president, David Knapp, had said President Mugabe's ìgentle firmness in the face of anger and intellectual approach to matters which inflame the emotions of othersî were his hallmarks of quiet integrity.

But the school's current president, Jack Wilson, said the university was compelled to take action because President Mugabe's 'transgressions' had led the world community to condemn his governmentís assault on human rights and on the rule of law. 

But the school's current president, Jack Wilson, said the university was compelled to take action because President Mugabe's 'transgressions' had led the world community to condemn his governmentís assault on human rights and on the rule of law.

Last year, Michigan State University also rescinded an honorary law degree awarded to President Mugabe in 1990 for the same reasons.

United Kingdom's Edinburgh University also withdrew a degree awarded in 1984 for President Mugabe's services to education, also citing human rights violations.

Despite these revocations, President Mugabe still has 10 honorary degrees from various universities in and out of Zimbabwe.

 
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