ZHRC seeks legal powers

via ZHRC seeks legal powers | The Herald October 23, 2014

THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is seeking legal powers to make binding decisions on those found guilty of violating people’s rights.
At present the commission is only mandated to make investigations and recommendations on human rights violations.
In an interview recently, ZHRC chairman Mr Elasto Hilarious Mugwadi said once the commission was empowered to make decisions with a deterrent effect, it would win public confidence.

“Ordinarily, this is an issue we would want inserted in our statutes,” said Mr Mugwadi.
“We should be empowered to issue orders, which orders will eventually be registered with the court so that they become executable . . . if they are not honoured.

“Once it becomes a court order, the offenders can then be charged with contempt of court, which is a criminal offence and we believe it has got a deterrent effect other than simply making recommendations which may not be honoured.”

ZHRC executive director Ms Helen Charewa said the commission had so far received 49 cases on human rights violations, including rights to property and shelter.

She said other cases include complaints to do with maladministrative issues, ill-treatment from the police, prisons and pension offices.


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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    The year is 2014 and now the commission wants more power to be effective? So all the previous cases were just a waste of time money and resources. The scams continue unabated. That is Zimbabwes new name from now. SCAM MER COUNTRY. If you want to make quick bucks and get away with it GO TO SCAMMER COUNTRY.