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“Safeguarding the Constitution is Everyone’s Duty”

Today was a special day in history as we joined our hands with Dr. Alex Magaisa, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, WELEAD Trust, Women’s Institute for Leadership and Development (WILD), the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) and Justice for Children to launch what will from now on be known as the Constitutional Law […]
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The democratic fabric at risk

By Kenias Shonhai The constitution of Zimbabwe was enacted in 2013 after a long and winding process. The Government of National Unit (GNU) mooted the idea of a ‘people driven’ constitution in 2009. It therefore took 5 years to come up with the draft constitution which was widely endorsed by the people of Zimbabwe in […]
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IMPLEMENT ZHRC RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE NATIONAL INQUIRY ON ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION: A CASE OF KUMANYEDA COMMUNITY HARARE

By Rumbidzai Francisca Zengwa Over a hundred people in kuManyeda Shantytown in Glenview, behind Glenview 1, do not have birth certificates. In an interview by NewZimbabwe.Com, the community  indicated that the lack of access to documentation was generational. Children who were abandoned at birth have no birth certificates; mothers who gave birth in their homes […]
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For the people of Chilonga, the right to land remains elusive

By Rutendo Mawere Collusion between government and business has led to the displacement of thousands of people in Zimbabwe over the years. Promises of formal resettlement have been made but the promises have not been kept. Compensation and relocation have remained as just that; promises. Examples in the extractive sector include displacements in Chiyadzwa, Marange […]
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Unpacking the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill

By Kenias Shonhai The Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill (ZICC) is an activation of the Constitutional provision which states in Section 210 that: “An Act of Parliament must provide an effective and independent mechanism for receiving and investigating complaints from members of the public about misconduct on the part of members of the security services, […]
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Reflections on the 2020 ZimRights membership drive

By Kenneth Magwada “Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war.”  – Martin Luther King Jnr. ZimRights is the largest movement of grassroots human rights activists in Zimbabwe and is striving to achieve a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has just entered its 41st year of […]
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WHY ACCESS TO A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE VACCINE IN ZIMBABWE IS A RIGHT

By Rumbidzai Francisca Zengwa On the 3rd of February 2021, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) filed an urgent application with the High Court seeking a court intervention to compel the government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to make public the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy. On the 5th of February, the matter was removed from the urgent […]
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Zimbabweans Deserve a Clear and Comprehensive and Publicly-Funded Vaccination Plan, not Bold Slogans

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa yesterday, 9 February 2021, announced during a post-cabinet briefing that the Cabinet had approved guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The so-called guidelines are a far cry below what ZimRights has demanded of government in fulfilment of its Constitutional obligations to protect the right to life and the right […]
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ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION: AN ANALYSIS OF THE WHEELER CASE AND HOW COMMUNITIES CAN USE IT TO ACCESS DOCUMENTATION.

Background Sometime in September 2020, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), an independent human rights institution, launched a report which reflected on the state of access to documentation in Zimbabwe. The report was a consolidation of the findings on the “National Inquiry on Access to Documentation in Zimbabwe”. The full report is accessible on http://www.zhrc.org.zw/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NI-Report-1.pdf In […]
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