Zimbabwe urged to implement recommendations on human rights

via Zimbabwe urged to implement recommendations on human rights | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda on Friday, March 21, 2014 

The government has been asked to urgently remove laws that restrict the work of human rights defenders and repeal offensive sections of POSA that inhibit freedom of assembly.

A report released by civil society organisations (CSO’s) in Harare on Friday was critical at the slow pace of the implementation of a number of recommendations, aimed at curtailing and improving human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

The new constitution now provides for the establishment of a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) to deal with issues of healing and reconciliation. However legislation to align these laws into the new charter has not been done.

Analysts say there has been little progress in implementing key aspects of the human rights recommendations, notably the need to repeal draconian laws and ensure accountability for past rights abuses.

‘The government must urgently facilitate the appointment of a secretariat for the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and enact laws to operationalize the NPRC and the Gender Council.

‘The government must also guarantee the independence of the Anti Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Media Commission as well as ensure that they are adequately resourced,’ the report recommnded.

Abel Chikomo, the executive director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, launched the report which highlighted the need for the government to educate law enforcement agencies on the role and functions of CSO’s in a democratic society.

The mid term report is a feedback on the performance of the government in implementing recommendations between 2011 and 2014. Three years ago, CSO’s, working in partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Council, presented the government with 177 recommendations, of which 130 were accepted and 47 rejected.

However, CSO’s and NGO’s have complained that since the adoption of the new constitution in May last year, the ruling ZANU PF government has only implemented some recommendations on paper, with practical progress yet to be made.

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2 comments on “Zimbabwe urged to implement recommendations on human rights
  1. roving ambassador. says:

    With all the pillaging going on ,Zanu has no time for any of these social issues.
    the competition is in the looting department. treasonous malcontent .

  2. Gen. sjamfombisi says:

    These things have been going on for decades guys….Govt being asked to this and that, but point is they have never worked. Fatigue is now creeping in you know, reading of such articles day in day out…There is no hope instilled by these articles and therefore one fails to see their purpose. Such articles are the ones which killed off genuine REAL democrats like Welshman Ncube..FAILING to report on Morgan’s excesses and choosing to beret Welshman…now u are at it again with meaningless documents being peddled around.they are just sensational for nothing Try a new strategy please.

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