culled from bbcnews.com
The UN torture investigator has been denied entry to Zimbabwe, despite being invited by the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the UN says. Manfred Nowak said he was stopped by immigration officials after landing at Harare airport on Wednesday evening.
"That leads me to the conclusion that there must be some kind of misunderstanding between the different cabinet members."
The UN says Mr Nowak - the special rapporteur on torture - was informed of the cancellation only when he was in South Africa on his way to Zimbabwe.
He had been initially invited by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa - a Zanu-PF member - to meet officials and rights activists, inspect prisons and police stations and compile a report for the Security Council.
But the UN said Harare had called off the visit because of an unanticipated meeting with the southern African regional group, Sadc.
A Sadc team is due in Harare on Thursday to try to resolve the political crisis.
Nevertheless, Mr Nowak said he would travel to Zimbabwe, following an invitation from Mr Tsvangarai.
The UN said in a statement that Mr Nowak welcomed "all efforts to resolve the political crisis", but that the Sadc meeting was not a valid reason to cancel his visit.
"Recent allegations that MDC supporters and human rights defenders have been arrested, harassed and intimidated during the past few days highlight the urgency of objective fact-finding by an independent UN expert," the UN said.
On Tuesday, Mr Tsvangirai's MDC party said there had been an increase in violent attacks on its members.
Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said a senior official had been stopped and beaten by Zanu-PF supporters on Tuesday morning. Days earlier, an MDC residence was raided by police.
Zanu-PF has described the comments as "cheap propaganda".
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