Rights in Crisis
A Human Rights Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Zimbabwe
Following the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic in January 2020 and the entry into lockdown of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) immediately set into motion a threepillar COVID 19 response strategy. The three pillars are:
- Human Rights Monitoring under which 7 reports where produced;
- Humanitarian Response Pillar under which 7 provinces received urgent humanitarian support;
- the Policy Advocacy Pillar under which 2 reports were produced leading to a number of policy engagements with policy makers.
Through this strategy, ZimRights has interacted with a cross-section of responders to COVID 19 circumstances who include medical experts, policy experts, community leaders and activists, media practitioners, international experts, human rights activists, legal experts and most importantly victims and survivors who found themselves at the receiving end of the pandemic. 9 reports were produced between 30 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, capturing varied experiences of the Zimbabwean communities. Over 600 testimonies have been documented on ZimRights Digital Platforms.
These interactions, reports, testimonies and conversations represent a rich wealth of community knowledge and expert understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the nation looks into the future, with far reaching global changes and the possibility that COVID-19 will be with us for longer than anticipated, ZimRights has sifted through these experiences, reports, testimonies and expert views, to produce what is probably the most comprehensive local appraisal of the COVID-19 situation from a human rights perspective.