"Parliamentary elections are anticipated in Zimbabwe in the first months of 2005 and will be closely watched by supporters of human rights and democracy. The last parliamentary election, in June 2000, was marred by violence against the opposition and other irregularities. According to the Department of State, the presidential election in March 2002 was 'preceded and followed by a government-sanctioned campaign of violence directed towards supporters and potential supporters of the opposition.' The Bush Administration has imposed targeted sanctions against top Zimbabwe officials and associates alleged to have benefited from the decline in the rule of law. Should the 2005 voting again prove violent, or should other human rights violations occur, some may advocate stronger measures against the regime."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32723