About Us

About The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) is Zimbabwe’s biggest grassroots movement of ordinary people for human rights. Formed in 1993. For the past 27 years, ZimRights has empowered communities through civic education, legal aid support, psycho-social support and community advocacy strategies to ensure the realisation of basic rights especially for the most marginalised communities.

In this process, ZimRights membership has increased to over 225 000 individual members equipped and empowered to claim their rights. ZimRights is registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation under Zimbabwe’s Private Voluntary Organisations Act. ZimRights operates fours regional offices in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo. The Head Office is in Harare.

Our Vision Our Mission Core Values

The sole purpose of ZimRights is to ensure that the Zimbabwean citizens are informed about human rights, and are empowered to defend their own rights.

We envision ourselves leading in developing and sustaining a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe.

We pursue our vision through the use of a grassroots based approach in promoting, protecting and defending Human Rights in Zimbabwe through education, information, legal aid and litigation, counselling, lobbying, advocacy and networking.

  • Respect for human dignity
  • Sensitivity for gender and marginalised groups
  • Transparency,  accountability and confidentiality
  • Impartiality and teamwork
  • Non alignment to political parties
  • Integrity, Commitment and dedication

Our Approach

The ZimRights Approach rests upon three pillars, which are Grassroot Organising, Community Agenda Setting and Pyramid Engagement.

Grassroots organizing is powerful because it allows us to bring large numbers of people to the table. These numbers impact decision-makers, and the bigger our numbers the greater our impact.
In the age of big businesses, powerful political parties and an elite civil society, the organic agenda of the ordinary people in communities is in danger of getting swallowed and overshadowed by powerful players. Enabling communities to identify and champion their own causes means the human rights discourse remains in tandem with the needs of the ordinary people.
The key concept is that cultivating an activist is a process, not a one-time conversation. People move up the Pyramid of Engagement by first becoming aware of an issue, then coming to understand its importance and relevance to their lives, then deciding to participate in a campaign and, only over time, developing leadership status within that movement.